GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) – Mesa County Clerk and Archivist Tina Peters is being cited in contempt of court for disobeying a lawsuit.
Clerk Peters faces contempt of court charges, for recording a court hearing on February 7, 2022 when she was not authorized to, and then lying to the judge about it.
On Thursday (3/31), the clerk appeared in court virtually. Peter’s defense attorney pushed for a jury trial, in which Peters offered to pay, on top of that the defense wants a new prosecutor.
Henry Steinberg, representing Peter, filed a motion for a special prosecutor to replace District Attorney Dan Rubinstein, on the grounds that Rubinstein and his staff are too close to the case to be witnesses.
Judge Robinson dismissed the jury trial and prosecutor’s requests, while Peters’ defense now wants access to the iPad, “I request access to the iPad,” Steinberg said. DA Rubinstein replied, “I don’t know what Mr. Steinberg means by access to the iPad, if they are willing to provide us with the password for the iPad, we can image it and return it” , Rubinstein said. Steinberg responds, “We don’t want to do that,” Steinberg said. Judge Robinson interjects: ‘I think it’s going to be something that needs something in writing.’
DA Rubinstein seeks a prison term not exceeding six months for the clerk.
There is still much to do regarding Peters and the Mesa County Courtroom, but the next time she will appear is Thursday (4/21) at 1:15 p.m.