Statement of Sidney Powell
May 13, 2021
In February 2021, Charles Ritchard, the Republican Chairman of the Oceana County, Michigan Board of Canvassers, sent a letter to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson informing her of problems with Michigan’s election security. He raised the alarm that the “mass mailings of absentee ballot request finished off any chance of election security.” He implored her to take action “in a very rapid and bipartisan way before the next election.”
The Oceana County Clerk, without authority, suspended Ritchard for writing this letter. This was pure retaliation against Ritchard, a duly-appointed official, for exercising his First Amendment rights on a matter of public concern.
On May 12, 2021, our local counsel in Michigan filed suit against the Oceana County Clerk and the Oceana County Board of Commissioners for violating Ritchard’s First Amendment rights and for violating his rights to procedural and substantive due process.
We will aggressively defend the rights of those who warn about election integrity and hold accountable the vindictive public officials who would punish Americans for daring to speak the truth.