July 7, 2022

Judge bans Trump allies and orders legal education for failed election case: NPR

Nine lawyers, including Sidney Powell, who is allied with former President Donald Trump, face financial penalties and other sanctions after claiming Wednesday that they abused the court system to undermine the 2020 election.

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Nine lawyers, including Sidney Powell, who is allied with former President Donald Trump, face financial penalties and other sanctions after claiming Wednesday that they abused the court system to undermine the 2020 election.

Ben Margot / A.P.

Nine lawyers, including former President Donald Trump, have filed a failed lawsuit against Michigan’s 2020 presidential election results, and a district court judge ruled Wednesday that they should face financial fines and other punitive measures for their legal effort.

“This case reflects a historic and profound judicial abuse,” wrote U.S. District Judge Linda Parker. Tough results On the case.

“It is one thing to accept the responsibility of affirming the rights associated with another
It was said to be a fraudulent election, “he wrote.” Regardless of whether any laws or rights have actually been violated, accepting the accusation of defrauding a federal court and the American people of violating rights is different. This is what happened here. “

The ruling comes from a lawsuit filed by lawyers including Trump supporters Sidney Powell and Lynn Wood, who sought to block Michigan’s election results under the false pretense that votes were manipulated in favor of Joe Biden.

Biden won in Michigan by more than 150,000 votes.

Trump and his allies sought to overturn election results in several states. Since taking office, Trump has continued to spread unsubstantiated claims about a fraudulent election.

That lying deadly Jana. 6 was a direct impetus for the American Capitol uprising, during which supporters of the former president attacked the national seat of democracy and sought to stop Biden’s election victory certificate.

“This case is not about fraud – it’s about undermining public confidence in our democracy and undermining the judicial process,” Judge Parker wrote.

After the lawsuit failed, the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit Asked The judge must allow nine lawyers. He agreed Wednesday to order them to pay the costs incurred by the government and the city to protect against legal action.

Costs have not yet been calculated.

At the July trialPowell said he accepted “full responsibility” for the paperwork of the case. Powell told the judge he practiced law with the highest standards.

Parker ordered all nine lawyers mentioned in the ruling to receive 12 hours of legal education, six of which will focus specifically on electoral law. They may face further action in the individual states where they are in practice.