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John Eastman enlists ex-federal prosecutor as defense attorney in fake voter case


Ashley Adams (inset) will be John Eastman's attorney in the Arizona case.
Ashley Adams (inset) will be John Eastman’s attorney in the Arizona case. Times of San Diego photo illustration

Ten months ago, Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes was investigating possible charges in her state’s sham voter scheme — the effort to deny Joe Biden the presidency he won fairly.

In a story about the investigation, The Washington Post quoted Ashley Adams, a former federal prosecutor.

The Post’s Yvonne Wingett Sanchez wrote, “A successful case could depend on the state of mind of voters” and quoted Adams as saying, “You’ll have to put some meat on your bones and show that there is some evidence of intent.”

Starting this week, Adams will put that tactic to the test when she defends John Eastman, the former Orange County law professor. His arraignment will reportedly take place Friday in Maricopa County Court.

Eastman is one of seven of the 18 defendants in the fake voter case who want to reveal their attorneys. Former San Diegan Christina Bobb was the first.

Who is Adams?

She is the founder and principal of Adams & Associates, now specializing in white-collar criminal cases, including fraud and government investigations, “with a proven track record.”

From June 1999 to January 2005, as an assistant U.S. attorney, she prosecuted Phoenix False Claims Act cases, including healthcare and defense procurement fraud, and national park and forest reimbursement fraud.

She “obtained the largest recorded settlement for the District of Arizona against Boeing/McDonnell Douglas in a False Claim Act case,” her website says.

Adams also prosecuted tax evasion and tax fraud, investment fraud and securities fraud.

Now she is defending Eastman, allegedly the mastermind behind fraud to prevent the peaceful transition of power in January 2021. He is charged with conspiracy, fraud and six counts of forgery.

According to a transcript from the far-right site Gateway Pundit, quoted by the New York Sun, Eastman recently said: “I was indicted in Arizona. I had no communication whatsoever with the voters in Arizona. I had no involvement whatsoever in the election challenges in Arizona.”

Times of San Diego is contacting Adams for comment.