Former Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters this week sued state and federal officials — including U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland — seeking to stop any criminal investigation and prosecution of her related to her conduct in the aftermath of the 2020 election.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Denver on Monday, alleges government officials violated her constitutional rights through their investigations into her alleged misconduct as an election official.
The lawsuit comes months before Peters is scheduled to stand trial in Mesa County. She faces seven felony charges for allegedly allowing a copy of a hard drive to be made during an update of election equipment in 2021 in search of proof of the false conspiracy theories promoted by former President Donald Trump.
The charges against her include multiple counts of attempting to influence a public servant and one count of criminal impersonation, among others.
Peters has pleaded not guilty and has contended the charges are politically motivated.