Then, there were four-four guilty pleas that is. In the New York Times breaking news Tuesday, the paper announced that Jenna Ellis has pled guilty in the RICO case against Donald Trump and his allies in Georgia. We don’t know what all Fani Willis has on these people, but it must be good judging by the way they’re dropping like flies. Yes, they are getting good deals considering what they’ve done. Ellis was allowed to plead guilty to one count of aiding and abetting false statements, which is a felony charge, $5,000 in restitution, and five years’ probation.
Ellis is either a very good actress or she honestly regrets ever getting involved with Donald Trump. That sentiment is likely common among anyone who has gotten involved with him. CNN reported that she gave “a tearful statement” about her participation in Trump’s scheme: “If I knew then what I know now, I would have declined to represent Donald Trump in these post-election challenges. I look back on this experience with deep remorse.” We’ll see how much she regrets her actions when the time comes for her to testify truthfully.
During her plea hearing, Ellis described herself as a Christian and said that she “endeavor[s] to be a person of sound moral and ethnical character in all my dealings” but that, in this instance, “I failed to do my due diligence.” How anyone who is supposed to be Christian sees anything positive in Donald Trump is puzzling. He is also immoral and unethical, and one would think that would reveal itself to one who claims to be ethical and moral. It’s as if he has put a spell on these people. Ellis also revealed that she believed what was told to her by Rudy Giuliani, becoming the second defendant to throw Giuliani under the bus. She implicated Giuliani in lying to Georgia state legislators with his false claims of thousands of illegal votes made in Georgia by felons, minors, and dead people, none of which were true. This isn’t the first time Ellis’s lies have gotten her in trouble.
Ellis is also licensed in Colorado, where she was disciplined in September. In that case, she was fined $224.00 and had to sign a stipulation stating that her comments were untrue when she claimed that Trump’s campaign had “evidence” that the election was “stolen.” Counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court, which typically oversees attorney bar admissions, spoke after Ellis’s sentence: “The public censure in this matter reinforces that even if engaged in political speech, there is a line attorneys cannot cross, particularly when they are speaking in a representative capacity.” Fortunately for Ellis, they did not take her license. Trump’s attorney, Steven Sadow, continues to claim that because RICO charges were taken off the table, it helps Trump’s case, which is not true. To get a defendant to plead, a prosecutor always takes the more serious charges off the table as an incentive. That obviously works and has no bearing on Trump’s guilt or innocence.
Shirley is a former entertainment writer and has worked in the legal field for over 25 years