On Friday, prosecutors from the Fulton County, Georgia, district attorney’s office and Kenneth Chesebro, the legal adviser to Trump’s campaign, reached an agreement over their 2020 election meddling case.
This week is Chesebro’s trial. He was charged, along with Donald Trump and over a dozen other co-defendants, with trying to stall the handover of power following the 2020 election.
On Friday, while jury selection was in progress and 450 prospective jurors had answered a detailed questionnaire outlining the questions they would be asked, he accepted the offer. Late last month, he had turned down a previous offer.
Judge Scott McAfee of Fulton County Superior Court heard an appearance from Chesebro, who entered a guilty plea to a felony charge of conspiring to file fraudulent paperwork in exchange for agreeing to testify in the case.
The agreement stipulates that the Trump lawyer will serve five years of probation, pay a $5,000 fine, perform 100 hours of community service, and continue to supply the state with documentation and proof.
As per the agreement, Chesebro informed the court that he had already composed an apology letter. The plea deal that Chesebro turned down in late September was essentially what was provided under Georgia’s First Offender Act.
It is possible to reduce the probationary period to three years.