New Hampshire woman charged for alleged threats to Detroit-area election official
A New Hampshire woman faces up to 20 years in prison for alleged threats made against the GOP chairwoman of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers after the commissioner voted against certifying the 2020 election results earlier this year.
Federal prosecutors for the Justice Department’s Eastern District of Michigan alleged in a statement that 23-year-old Katelyn Jones, a former resident of the Wolverine State, had “knowingly and willfully transmitted communications containing threats to injure” Monica Palmer, who chairs the Wayne County elections board.
The prosecutors said Jones is accused of sending Palmer “two graphic photographs of a bloody, naked, mutilated, dead woman lying on the ground” as well as photos and threats directed toward Palmer’s daughter, who is a minor.
“The allegations in this case should make all of us disgusted,” said U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider. “There is simply no place in Michigan, or in the United States, for chilling threats like this to people who are simply doing what they believe is correct.”
Palmer and another GOP member of the Wayne County commission initially voted against certifying the 2020 election results for President-elect Joe Biden and questioned the accuracy of the voting results in Michigan’s largest county, which includes the city of Detroit.
However, the two members reversed their decision and joined a unanimous vote to certify the results after an audit of the vote tally was agreed upon.
Biden won the state of Michigan by close to 3 points, according to The New York Times. The former vice president took Wayne County by more than 38 points over President Trump.
Following the election, the president and his allies mounted multistate legal battles, including in Michigan, to challenge the election results. Trump has repeatedly alleged that the presidential election was subject to widespread voter fraud.
However, top election officials and Attorney General William Barr have said that there is no substantial evidence that widespread election fraud has occurred.
Most of the Trump campaign’s legal challenges have been struck down by judges in states and by justices on the Supreme Court.
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