Matthew DePerno, the attorney representing an Antrim County resident behind a lawsuit confronting a local marijuana retailer proposal, asked a judge in a recent filing to announce a protective order to prevent state officials, who probed the report on voting equipment being used to undermine President-elect Joe Biden's triumph, from exposing the names of the team behind the analysis.
In his proposal, DePerno wrote that the members of the team "fear for their safety and the safety of their families in this hyper-political climate." The attorney explained he, too, has been threatened, according to the Detroit News.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and her staff, who are representing Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, maintained that these investigators "knowingly accepted their role" in the matter and said that there is "simply no such thing as an anonymous expert."
Nessel and her team announced they would agree to an order that would keep the home addresses and contact data of the investigators confidential, although not their names.
"Simply put, the plaintiff — having already eaten his cake — wants to have it, too. He wants the public to be able to read the report, but not know who was responsible for creating it. But the public should be allowed to know upon whose word the plaintiff bases his claims, and whom he asks the public to believe," state attorneys said.
A hearing on the demand for a protective order is listed to Jan. 11, according to court records.
Trump's legal team, headed by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, got the spotlight to Antrim County when it was reported that thousands of votes were erroneously registered, temporarily, for Biden rather than Trump. Antrim County Clerk Sheryl Guy, a Republican, claimed responsibility for the confusion, accusing a failure to upload a software update to all the county's Dominion tabulators.
Yet, scrutiny of the small northern Michigan county was earned out many thanks to the legal objection by Antrim County resident William Bailey against a local marijuana retailer proposal that carried by a slim margin after a retabulation not factoring in three damaged ballots. Michigan Circuit Court Judge Kevin Elsenheimer allowed what was described as a "forensic audit" of Dominion equipment by the plaintiff and later allowed the publication of their report with few redactions.
Trump tweeted in response to a media report on the findings from the ASOG: "WOW. This report shows massive fraud. Election changing result!"