Solicitors Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro sent one-sentence handwritten letters of apology in a crime case brought by Georgia prosecutors against former President Donald Trump for planning to change the results of the 2020 election in the state.
After asking for the letters, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution released them on Thursday. Letters were needed as part of the suspects’ plea deals. According to Powell’s letter from October 19, she said, “I apologize for my actions about the events in Coffee County.”
A day later, Chesebro wrote, “I’m sorry to the people of Georgia and Fulton County for my part in Count 15 of the indictment.” Also submitting a longer typed letter was bail bondsman Scott Hall, who is one of 19 suspects in the Fulton County 2020 election interference case against the former president.
Addressing the people of Georgia in his message, Hall said, “I wish I had never gotten involved in the activities after the election that got me in trouble with the law.” “I have never been in trouble with the law before, and I didn’t mean any harm to anyone,” he said, adding that what he did was “his own” and not “on behalf of any organization or any other person or persons.”
“I didn’t mean to break any laws, but I do now that I see it and take responsibility for what I did. It was my real regret to hurt the people of Georgia, Hall said. In September, Hall was the first defendant to make a plea in the case. Three weeks later, Powell, Chesebro, and Jenna Ellis, a former lawyer, all pleaded guilty to felony charges.
Before Fulton Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee, Ellis read her letter of apology while crying. An attorney named Ellis said, “As a Christian lawyer, I take my duties as a lawyer very seriously, and I try to be a moral and honest person in all my dealings.”
“Following the 2020 presidential election, I thought that challenging the results on behalf of President Trump should be done fairly and legally,” Ellis said, adding that she relied on other people, including lawyers, to give her “true and reliable information.” “What I did not do, but should have done your honor, was to make sure that the facts the other lawyers said were true were, in fact, true,” she said.
According to their plea deals, the four co-defendants had to send a letter of apology. A chat with the Associated Press this week by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis suggested that more of Trump’s co-defendants might agree to a plea deal in the Georgia case.