by Sharon Rondeau

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(Nov. 5, 2022) — Early Saturday afternoon, TruetheVote.org issued an audio-recording of its founder, Catherine Engelbrecht, who was jailed on Monday morning along with colleague Gregg Phillips by Senior Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt for alleged contempt of court.

Hoyt, 74, is a Reagan nominee who retired in 2013 and is the recipient of many judicial awards.

The contempt finding emanated from a lawsuit filed by Konnech, Inc. against TruetheVote for defamation after Engelbrecht and Phillips claimed at an August event dubbed “The Pit” that Konnech, an election-data software company with contracts in various states, violated federal law by storing U.S. poll-worker information on Chinese computer servers.

Hoyt’s order compelled Engelbrecht and Phillips to reveal the name of a witness when the two were reportedly shown information leading to their claim as to Konnech’s storage of the election-worker data, which they reported to the FBI.

In Saturday’s recording, Engelbrecht revealed she received a copy of “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas. “Today held a new surprise…someone of you out there, I guess, sent me a book, ‘The Count of Monte Cristo,’ which I’ve never read,’ and so I’m very much looking forward to it. It is one of those great big three-inch-thick books, so this ought to last me. And when you look at the back, it reads, ‘Thrown in prison for a crime…,'” at which point the recording is truncated, with the remainder available behind a “Locals.com” paywall.

The Encyclopedia Britannica states that the book, written during the time of the Bourbon Restoration in France, “tells the story of an unjustly incarcerated man who escapes to find revenge.”

Britannica defines the Restoration as:

The period that began when Napoleon I abdicated and the Bourbon monarchs were restored to the throne. The First Restoration occurred when Napoleon fell from power and Louis XVIII became king. Louis’ reign was interrupted by Napoleon’s return to France (see Hundred Days), but Napoleon was forced to abdicate again, leading to the Second Restoration. The period was marked by a constitutional monarchy of moderate rule (1816–20), followed by a return of the ultras during the reign of Louis’ brother, Charles X (1824–30). Reactionary policies revived the opposition liberals and moderates and led to the July Revolution, Charles’s abdication, and the end of the Bourbon Restoration.

Dumas is also known as “Alexandre Dumas père,” with “père” meaning “father” in French.

Bookseller Goodreads summarizes the plot as:

Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantès is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas’ epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialized in the 1840s.

On Friday, a short segment with a TTV spokesman about Engelbrecht and Phillips’s incarceration aired on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” as well as Steve Bannon’s “War Room” on Saturday morning.

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