Nevada Judge Dismisses Case Of GOP’s Alleged ‘Fake Electors’

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A judge in Nevada dismissed an indictment against six Republicans for submitting a false slate of electors after the 2020 election after she determined she didn’t have jurisdiction over the case and it should have been filed elsewhere in the state, according to multiple outlets.

Clark County District Court Judge Mary Kay Holthus delivered the ruling Friday afternoon, saying the alleged acts took place in Carson City and Douglas County and those jurisdictions would have been appropriate for the charges to be filed in, but that she didn’t have jurisdiction, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford told reporters “the judge got it wrong,” and said they will be appealing “immediately” and will take the case to the state Supreme Court, the Associated Press reported.

Six Nevada Republicans who were alleged to have “falsely represented themselves as state electors” were indicted last December for their role in the fake elector scheme designed to block Congress from certifying the election results on Jan. 6, 2021.

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Five. That’s how many states—Nevada, Michigan, Georgia, Arizona and Wisconsin—have filed charges against Republican officials for their roles in the alleged fake elector scheme to keep former President Donald Trump in office. Trump himself is facing state charges in Georgia and federal charges in D.C. for his efforts to overturn his election loss.

Nevada was one of seven states where in the weeks following Biden’s win, Republican officials met to vote on a false slate of electors inaccurately claiming Trump won their states, and submitted them to Congress as part of a larger scheme to prevent the verification of election results in 2021. Ford, Nevada’s attorney general, had testified months before the six were indicted he didn’t believe there was a state statute that could address the behavior, so he would not charge them, but there were reports in November 2023 that he had reversed course and was investigating. The six Nevada Republicans faced charges of offering a false instrument for filing and uttering a forged instrument, which each carry punishments of between one and five years in prison and fines of up to $10,000 and $5,000.

If the attorney general loses the appeal, he will not be able to file charges in one of the other counties suggested by Holthus because the statute of limitations expired last December, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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