Circuit Judge Kevin Elsenheimer listened to arguments by Matthew DePerno, representing plaintiff William Bailey, and state lawyers before establishing the ruling.
DePerno entered a proposal last month urging Elsenheimer to keep the names secret, explaining they fear for their well being.
“Plaintiff and the forensic team fear that disclosing the names and personal information (such as resume, curriculum vitae, address, and employer) will be detrimental to the forensic investigators,” DePerno wrote in the motion.
Though, throughout the hearing, Assistant Attorney General Erik Grill said DePerno “deliberately requested to make that report a matter of national interest."
“Now he wants to protect the identity of the people responsible for making that report. I don’t understand the argument and I don’t think there’s any legal basis for it,” Grill announced. “Who these people are and their professional credentials is super important to making an evaluation of the credibility of the report.”
Elsenheimer followed with the defense, stating, “As for the release of the witnesses by name and their identifying business associations, the court believes that is, frankly, part of the process.”
While the names will be published, the judge stated that personal information including phone numbers will not be released.
A team appointed by DePerno conducted a forensic audit in Antrim County in December 2020. They announced they found Dominion Voting Systems’ voting system “is intentionally and purposefully designed with inherent errors to create systemic fraud and influence election results” and that the results in the county should not have been confirmed. The only name of a team member published so far is that of Russell Ramsland Jr., co-founder of Allied Security Operations Group.
Dominion and state officials have questioned the report, claiming it twisted some features of the voting system and included falsehoods about others.
“The claims made in the report are technologically impossible. Dominion machines did not—and could not have—’switched’ or enabled the ‘switching’ of any votes. A hand count of the paper ballots as well as a review by any independent, federally accredited Voting System Test Laboratory (VSTL) will confirm this fact,” Dominion, whose products are used by 28 states, said in a statement.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, explained Monday that the state is drafting an order relating to the exposure of names “and we fully expect plaintiff and his counsel to be forthcoming with those names.”
Antrim County, which is reliably Republican, has been in the national spotlight because its initial results on election night showed President-elect Joe Biden, a Democrat, ahead of Trump by 3,200 votes. Election officials later announced that due to a technical problem in the voting system it turned out that Trump was ahead by about 3,700 votes.