UPDATE: Tina Peters’ arrest warrant has been rescinded
The embattled clerk traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada, despite being barred from travel
UPDATE: Jul. 15 4:30 p.m. | MESA COUNTY, Colo (KKCO) - Peters’ arrest warrant has been rescinded. Details are scarce due to the nature of the hearing, but more details will be added as they become available.
UPDATE: Jul. 14 4:04 p.m. | MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) - Mesa County Clerk & Recorder Tina Peters has submitted a motion to revoke the warrant out for her arrest, and is requesting a hearing via a platform called WebEx.
The motion argues that Peters’ arrest warrant should be revoked due to her unawareness of her bond conditions. Peters also acknowledges that the appropriate notices for her travel were not filed by the court. However, the warrant for her arrest states that this notice was denied.
The motion filed by Peters states the following:
1. Ms. Peters is a gold-star mother with a love for public service and longstanding ties to her community and the State of Colorado.
2. Ms. Peters is the elected Clerk and Recorder for Mesa County. She is also a candidate to become the Secretary of State for the State of Colorado and is challenging the results of the recent election. She has asked for a recount, and the election results have not been certified.
3. Prior to the filing of this case, Ms. Peters had never been charged with any criminal offenses.
4. The charges pending against her are low-level felonies and misdemeanors, none of which require mandatory jail sentences if she is convicted.
5. The alleged offenses are also nonviolent and do not implicate the Colorado Victims Rights Act.
6. As an elected official, Ms. Peters is not a flight risk as she has significant public ties to the State of Colorado and to Mesa County, specifically. Further, she has retained counsel and is aware that she needs to be present in person in Colorado for all required court appearances.
7. Notwithstanding her lack of any criminal history, the nonviolent nature of the allegations pending against her, and her ties to the community, Ms. Peters’ initial bond was set at $500,000 after she was indicted. The bond was later reduced to $25,000 cash.
8. Initially, Ms. Peters’ bond conditions prohibited her from leaving the State of Colorado without permission.
9. But as a candidate for public office, Ms. Peters needed to have the ability to travel out of state, and she moved on April 19, 2022 to modify her bond conditions to allow out-of-state travel. She waived extradition, received permission from her surety to travel, and as required by her bond, surrendered her passport.
10. On April 29, 2022, the Court granted Ms. Peter’s motion, but with amendments: I begin by noting that Defendant has surrendered her passport and appears to be in compliance with her conditions of bond. I also note the People do not seem to be objecting to out of state travel, but wish to have more information regarding such travel. I agree, in part, more information is needed. Accordingly, I grant the motion for out of state travel conditioned on 1) Defendant providing flight information for her trips and 2) providing information (hotel name or address where she will be staying) regarding her accommodations for travel.
11. Ms. Peters complied with this Order to travel out of state on May 2, 2022.
12. On May 31, 2022, the court modified its April 29, 2022 order: Notice of travel must be in advance of travel, and not the day of. For future travel, notice must be provided at least 72 hours in advance of the same.
13. Ms. Peters complied with the Court’s April 29 and May 31, 2022 orders and provided sufficient notice to travel from June 21 through June 23, 2022. She also provided notice of her −3− intent to travel from July 14 through July 17, 2022 and July 22 through July 25, 2022.
14. The process Ms. Peters relied on to provide the Court with notice of her travels was that she would contact the office of her attorney, Harvey A. Steinberg, and provide her itinerary. Mr. Steinberg’s office would then prepare and file a notice with the Court with that itinerary.
15. On July 7, 2022, Ms. Peters sent the following email: From: vikingso
Sent: Thursday, July 7, 2022 2:12 PM To: Harvey Steinberg Cc: Scott Gessler ; Randy Corporon ; Steve Burstein SBurstein@springersteinberg.com Subject: Re: Attorney Client Communication Hi Harvey, just tell me what works for you. I can be available now or when it’s best for you. I’m sitting at the computer working. meet me here [REDACTED] Give me a time, call or heads up when you are attending the conference please. Also I am attending a Press conference with Sherrif Mack in Vegas on 7/12 staying at the Ahern Hotel and may go from there to PSP (amending the original travel itinerary sent a few days ago. Scott, we can talk tomorrow. I am available in the morning and anytime before 1PM and after 4PM. Same room as above. Thanks for your response. T
16. The foregoing email was part of an email thread, and it was not noticed that she had provided her plans to travel to Las Vegas on July 12, 2022.
17. Because her travel plans were not noticed, Mr. Steinberg’s office did not prepare or file a proper notice with the Court of her intent to travel out of state.
18. Ms. Peters did not know about this oversight.
19. On July 11, 2022, the People filed an objection to the process allowing Ms. Peters to travel out of state by giving 72 hours notice because the preliminary results of the recent election indicate that she lost.
20. At 11:41 a.m., the Court asked Ms. Peters to respond to the People’s objection and stated, “No travel is authorized until the [People’s] objection is resolved.”
21. Mr. Steinberg was not in the office when the Court entered its prohibition on Ms. Peters’ ability to travel, and he did not see it until later.
22. When Mr. Steinberg did see the Court’s prohibition on travel, it was too late. −4−
23. Ms. Peters left for Las Vegas without being advised that Mr. Steinberg’s office had not provided the Court with notice of her travel itinerary and without being advised of the Court’s July 11, 2022 travel prohibition.
24. On July 12, 2022, Ms. Peters was attending a conference of sheriffs in Las Vegas and was one of the speakers. She even livestreamed her appearance at the conference with law enforcement.
25. In fact, Ms. Peters was not advised of the Court’s travel prohibition until July 13, 2022, the day after she had traveled to Las Vegas.
26. On July 14, 2022, Mr. Steinberg spoke with Daniel P. Rubinstein, District Attorney for the Twenty-First Judicial District of Colorado and explained that Ms. Peters had gone to Las Vegas without knowing that it was prohibited. Mr. Rubinstein stated that he would not object to quashing the warrant if Ms. Peters appears at a forthwith hearing on her motion to quash.
27. On information and belief, Ms. Peters’ bondsman is willing to appear at the forthwith hearing and will testify that Ms. Peters has complied with her bond conditions, that he has not had any problems with her, and that he knew that she was going to Las Vegas on July 12, 2022.
MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) - Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein has revoked Mesa County Clerk & Recorder Tina Peters’ bond due to Peters’ violation of the bond conditions. A no bond warrant has been issued for Peters’ arrest.
As a requirement of the bond, Peters was barred from leaving the state of Colorado without authorization. According to the motion to revoke her bond, Peters left Colorado for Las Vegas, Nevada. She was not authorized to leave the state nor did she request travel for that period.
The motion also states that Peters sent a letter to the Colorado Secretary of State dated July 12, 2022 with a signature from Laurince Lovelife, a notary in Clark County, Nevada. The letter was also originally notarized and signed by a person in Colorado, but the name and Colorado county were crossed out and resigned by Lovelife.
Lovelife confirmed the authenticity of the letter and that Peters was present with him in Las Vegas when she signed it. The signature was made at 2800 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 1F in Las Vegas.
Peters was also spotted at a conference for the Constitutional Sheriff’s and Peace Officer’s Association by DA Investigator Struwe in a video from frankspeech.com. At the 2:27:50 mark in the video, Peters takes the stage.
The embattled former clerk is facing felony and misdemeanor charges, including attempting to influence a public servant, criminal impersonation, identity theft, and first-degree official misconduct.
Peters has maintained her innocence from the start and claimed on Wednesday that the charges are part of a politically motivated attempt by officials from both parties to muzzle supporters of former President Donald Trump.
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