Former Michigan attorney general candidate, Matt DePerno, and former state Representative, Daire Rendon, both Republicans, have recently faced charges for allegedly gaining improper access to voting machines following the 2020 election. These charges were brought by special prosecutor DJ Hilson, who took a cautious and deliberate approach by convening a grand jury.
Initially, the investigation was being conducted by the Michigan Attorney General’s office in collaboration with the Michigan State Police. However, a conflict of interest arose when it was discovered that DePerno was allegedly involved in the plot to access the voting machines. This conflict prompted Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel to request a special prosecutor to handle the case due to its political sensitivity.
The use of a grand jury is relatively rare in Michigan, but in this case, it was deemed necessary to provide a buffer between the prosecutor and the charges. Additionally, it offered an opportunity for everyday citizens to provide feedback on the case. As part of his thorough approach, the special prosecutor also sought a judge’s interpretation of the election law that the defendants were accused of violating. This step was taken to clarify any controversy surrounding its interpretation.
Ultimately, the judge ruled that the law prohibits the “undue possession” of voting machines without authorization. This ruling has solidified the foundation for the charges brought against DePerno and Rendon. However, the process is still ongoing, and both individuals have been arraigned and released on personal bond.
In an unexpected turn of events, Stefanie Lambert Junttila, one of the individuals considered for charges, has expressed her intention to sue the special prosecutor over his handling of the case. It remains to be seen how this legal proceeding will impact the broader investigation.
As these developments unfold, it is clear that the alleged improper access to voting machines after the 2020 election has stirred controversy and attracted significant attention. The steps taken, including the use of a grand jury and seeking a judge’s interpretation, indicate a commitment to conducting a thorough and fair investigation. The outcome of this case will undoubtedly have ramifications for future election security protocols and the importance of following established procedures. The Bib Theorists will continue to keep close tabs on this evolving story.