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First co-defendant in Trump Georgia election case pleads guilty



Republican poll watcher Scott Hall is shown in a police booking mugshot released by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, after a grand jury brought back indictments against former U.S. President Donald Trump and 18 of his allies in their attempt to overturn the state’s 2020 election results in Atlanta, Georgia, August 22, 2023.

Fulton County Sheriff’s Office | via Reuters

Scott Hall, one of 18 co-defendants of former President Donald Trump in the Georgia election interference case, pleaded guilty Friday to multiple criminal charges.

Hall, a bail bondsman, is the first defendant in the case to plead guilty in the case.

Scott pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor counts as part of a negotiated deal.


He will serve five years of probation as part of the sentencing agreement, Judge Scott McAfee said during a hearing in Fulton County Superior Court on Friday afternoon.

Scott will also have to pay a total of $5,000 and serve 200 hours of community service, the judge said in that hearing.

Scott was originally charged with seven counts in the case, which alleges an illegal conspiracy by Trump and the other defendants to overturn President Joe Biden’s electoral victory in Georgia’s 2020 election.

Scott was accused of willfully tampering electronic voting machines in Coffee County, Georgia, and of working with multiple other co-defendants, including the pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell, as part of that effort.

Like all other defendants in the case, Scott had pleaded not guilty to the charges brought by Atlanta District Attorney Fani Willis.

But earlier Friday, an attorney for Scott submitted a court filing waiving his indictment in the case.

A spokesman for Willis’ office did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.


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Source: CNBC

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