Judge Puts Voting Watchdog Leaders Behind Bars

Judge Puts Voting Watchdog Leaders Behind Bars
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 06: A  poll watcher monitors the counting of ballots at the Allegheny County elections warehouse on November 6, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Counting continues as Biden edged ahead of President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania for the first time Friday and leads the president by more than 6,000 votes, a difference of 0.1%. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • U.S. district judge on Monday ordered the leaders of the election integrity group True To Vote detained for refusing to comply with a court mandate to hand over evidence in the civil case involving an election software company.
  • The conservative watchdog alleges the company Konnech, which sells election management software, improperly stored the personal data of U.S. poll workers and that company CEO Eugene Yu was an agent of the Chinese Communist Party.
  • Konnech as a result filed a federal lawsuit in September alleging that True the Vote’s social media campaign targeting Yu led to personal threats against him and his family and damaged his company’s business.
  • After holding the group’s Gregg Phillips and Catherine Englebrecht in contempt Thursday, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt ordered they comply with the court order to name an unidentified individual whom they say was present at a 2021 meeting during which they purportedly received evidence to substantiate their claims against Konnech.
  • Federal marshals on Monday escorted Phillips and Englebrecht from the Houston courtroom to a holding cell.

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