On Tuesday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced that sixteen individuals had been criminally charged for attempting to act as “Trump electors” in the state’s 2020 election.
This news has caused an uproar among many political commentators who believe that this is an extreme overreach by the Attorney General.
It is important to note that there are serious consequences associated with such attempts and it is not something to be taken lightly.
The first charge brought against these individuals is called “false impersonation of public officer or employee,” which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and/or a fine of $2,500 or three times the value gained through said false impersonation.
The second charge is called “conducting election fraud,” which carries a penalty of up to four years in prison and/or a fine of $1,000 or three times the value gained through said fraud.
The charged defendants are:
- Kathy Berden, 70, of Snover
- William (Hank) Choate, 72, of Cement City
- Amy Facchinello, 55, of Grand Blanc
- Clifford Frost, 75, of Warren
- Stanley Grot, 71, of Shelby Township
- John Haggard, 82, of Charlevoix
- Mari-Ann Henry, 65, of Brighton
- Timothy King, 56, of Ypsilanti
- Michele Lundgren, 73, of Detroit
- Meshawn Maddock, 55, of Milford
- James Renner, 76, of Lansing
- Mayra Rodriguez, 64, of Grosse Pointe Farms
- Rose Rook, 81, of Paw Paw
- Marian Sheridan, 69, of West Bloomfield
- Ken Thompson, 68, of Orleans
- Kent Vanderwood, 69, of Wyoming
Each of the 16 defendants has been charged with the following felonies:
- One count of Conspiracy to Commit Forgery, a 14-year felony,
- Two counts of Forgery, a 14-year felony,
- One count of Conspiracy to Commit Uttering and Publishing, a 14-year felony,
- One count of Uttering and Publishing, a 14-year felony,
- One count of Conspiracy to Commit Election Law Forgery, a 5-year felony, and,
- Two counts of Election Law Forgery, a 5-year felony.
Today, @MIAttyGen @dananessel announced felony charges against 16 Michigan residents for their role in the alleged false electors scheme following the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Read more ➡️ https://t.co/ODhkAQfXNP /1 pic.twitter.com/u5riNpTD5I
— Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (@MIAttyGen) July 18, 2023