Colorado Springs lawmaker seeks dismissal of voting charge

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FILE – Colorado state Sen. Pete Lee directs a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the state Capitol on March 11, 2021, in Denver. An El Paso County grand jury indicted Lee on Aug. 3, 2022, on one count of voting outside the district where he resides in 2020, in violation of state law. An attorney for Lee says Lee vigorously denies the charge. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

COLORADO SPRINGS |  An attorney for a Colorado lawmaker has asked El Paso County prosecutors to dismiss a felony charge that he voted outside the district he lives in and represents in 2020, citing incorrect information presented to a grand jury before his indictment.

Dan Kaplan, an attorney for Democratic Sen. Pete Lee, filed a motion to dismiss on Tuesday, stating the wrong residency information was provided to prosecutors by the state Office of Attorney Registration, The Colorado Sun reports.

But the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office tweeted Wednesday that “the evidence continues to support a determination that probable cause exists to reasonably believe the defendant committed the crime charged in the indictment.”

Spokesman Howard Black said the office would have no further comment.

The Office of Attorney Registration told prosecutors of its error last week, he told The Sun.

Lee, whose website says he practiced law for 25 years, chairs the state Senate Judiciary Committee. He was indicted in August.

“We believe that the erroneous information would have resulted in no indictment being issued,” said Lee, who previously denied any wrongdoing.

The felony charge carries a possible penalty of one to three years in prison and a possible fine of up to $100,000.

Lee’s next court hearing is set for Oct. 18.

Lee is not seeking a second term in November’s election after being elected to represent his El Paso County district in 2018. He previously served in the House.

 

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Dennis Duffy
Dennis Duffy
2 months ago

Seems a little extreme, 3 years in prison ,100k fine. They must have mistaken him for Trump.