5th Circuit Orders Engelbrecht & Phillips Jail Release


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John R. Houk, Blog Editor

© November 7, 2022

According to a very small handful of Conservative reporting sites (the most known: The Epoch Times, 100PercentFedUp & The Gateway Pundit) Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips have been ordered released from jail by the 5th Circuit Appellate Court for bogus contempt charges by an idiot Judge that must of have failed 1st Amendment Free Press rules at his Bar Examine.

I say “small handful” because either no one else is reporting this epic news upholding Free Press sourcing or all the search engines are burying the info.

I’m cross posting The Epoch Times and the National File (which I only located on the Presearch Search Engine). Perhaps further updated info will garner a better search engine response – but my lack of trust for Big Tech means I won’t hold my breath.

PS: I was a bit surprised that neither The Epoch Times nor the National File mentioned Konnech CEO Eugene Yu (actually arrested for delivering U.S. Election data to the CCP) in the below cross posts. Especially puzzling because the National File an incriminating Yu article on November 1: “Examining Konnech CEO Eugene Yu’s Ties with BlackRock.”

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Court Orders Release of True the Vote Leaders From Jail

True the Vote founder and president Catherine Engelbrecht makes a point during a presentation on ballot trafficking at the Arizona statehouse on May 31, 2022. Seated next to her is True the Vote data investigator Gregg Phillips. (Allan Stein/The Epoch Times)

By Zachary Stieber

November 7, 2022 Updated: November 7, 2022

The Epoch Times

Two leaders of True the Vote organization will be released from jail after an appeals court overruled a judge’s order that they be locked up.

Catherine Englebrecht and Gregg Phillips were ordered released by a panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit late Nov. 6.

“IT IS ORDERED that Petitioners’ opposed motion for release from detention is GRANTED pending further order of this court,” the panel said in the order, which was obtained by The Epoch Times.

The panel consisted of Circuit Judges Catharina Haynes, a George W. Bush appointee; Kurt Engelhardt, a Trump appointee; and Andrew Oldham, a Trump appointee.

Engelbrecht and Phillips were expected to be released on Nov. 7, a spokesman for True the Vote told The Epoch Times via email on Monday morning.

“They will be released when the paperwork is complete, probably sometime this morning,” the spokesman said.

Engelbrecht and Phillips were imprisoned on Oct. 31 after U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt, a Reagan appointee, found them in contempt of court for not revealing the identities of people who allegedly accessed information from Konnech, a Michigan-based election management software company whose founder was recently arrested for allegedly stealing poll worker data and hosting it on servers in China.

The order for confinement was to be in place until the defendants “fully comply” with an order that they reveal certain information, including the identities, Hoyt said.

Engelbrecht and Phillips say they passed on information that was legally obtained from Konnech to the FBI. One of their attorneys named one of the individuals in question, Mike Hasson, during an October hearing. But they have declined to share the name of the second person. Both the individuals are FBI informants, Phillips said during one hearing.

“Those who thought that imprisoning Gregg and I would weaken our resolve have gravely miscalculated. It is stronger than ever,” Engelbrecht said in a statement. “The right to free and fair elections without interference is more important than our own discomforts and even this detention, now reversed by a higher court.”

“We are profoundly grateful for that. We will continue to protect and defend those who do the vital work of election integrity, and we will make sure that their findings become a matter of public record,” she added.

The imprisonment order came after Konnech sued True the Vote and its founders for defamation.

Hoyt entered a temporary restraining order against the defendants, ordering them to return all property and data to Konnech and identify people who were involved in accessing the company’s computers.

In their filing for release from detention, Engelbrecht and Phillips said that Hoyt’s confinement order “represents a clear abuse of discretion and a manifest miscarriage of justice.”

“Petitioners pray that this Court enter an Order releasing them from the district court’s draconian order of detention for refusing to identity a federal confidential informant in open court whose identity in any event has no bearing on the merits of this defamation case hinging on competing accounts of alleged historical events,” they added.

The pair also said that they never possessed or controlled the information in question. Phillips said Engelbrecht does not know the name that he is withholding and that, if the name were revealed, the person’s life would “be jeopardized by border drug and smuggling cartels.”

In its opposition to the petition, Konnech said that the True the Vote founders were trying to “strip the District Court of its contempt power” and that they “have no one but themselves to blame for their confinement” after defying Hoyt’s order.

“Petitioners’ imprisonment is not an emergency especially in this case where the Petitioners are contemnors and recalcitrant witnesses who hold the keys to the jailhouse, and can free themselves immediately upon purging their contempt,” lawyers for the firm said.

Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news for The Epoch Times. He is based in Maryland.

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Appeals Court Orders True The Vote Leaders to be Released From Jail

Gregg Phillips and Catherine Engelbrecht (NF Credits Photo – True The Vote)

By CULLEN MCCUE

November 7, 2022

National File

Last Updated on November 7, 2022

True The Vote leaders Gregg Phillips and Catherine Engelbrecht after an appeals court overruled a contempt charge lobbied against the duo by a judge. The judge ordered the election integrity activists to name a confidential source, which they refused to do.

Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips were ordered released by a panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit late Sunday evening. “IT IS ORDERED that Petitioners’ opposed motion for release from detention is GRANTED pending further order of this court,” the panel said in its ruling.

The election watchdogs are expected to be released on Monday, November 7, a spokesman for True The Vote told the Epoch Times in an email. “They will be released when the paperwork is complete, probably sometime this morning,” the spokesman said.

Englebrecht and Phillips were previously taken into custody by U.S. Marshals on October 31. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt found the pair in contempt of court for refusing to reveal the identities of sources who helped to assess information from Konnech Inc; the election software company whose CEO is being criminally charged for allegedly stealing U.S. election data and storing it in China.

Hoyt ordered them to be imprisoned for contempt until they “fully comply” with the order to disclose the source.

Investigative reporter was in court last week and witnessed the arrest. “It all comes down to this meeting in this Dallas hotel, where they were accessing, supposedly, the Konnech servers,” Webb said. “Catherine Engelbrecht [was] not at this meeting. Only Gregg Phillips [was]. [Phillips] said he’s a confidential informant. [Phillips] said this other gentleman named Mike Hasson, who was there, also is a confidential informant for the FBI,” Webb said in a video statement describing the arrest.

“The defense also said the other third person was also a confidential informant, they just don’t want to give up the name of the third person,” Webb said.

Catherine Engelbrecht released a statement shortly after the appeals court decision was announced.

“Those who thought that imprisoning Gregg and I would weaken our resolve have gravely miscalculated. It is stronger than ever,” she said. “The right to free and fair elections without interference is more important than our own discomforts and even this detention, now reversed by a higher court. We are profoundly grateful for that.”

“We will continue to protect and defend those who do the vital work of election integrity, and we will make sure that their findings become a matter of public record.”

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