Trump lawyers might be penalized over Michigan election case – News Vibe24

    Trump lawyers might be penalized over Michigan election case - Times of India
    DETROIT: A federal judge considering whether to impose sanctions on some of former President Donald Trump’s lawyers spent hours Monday investigating details of a failed lawsuit that challenged Michigan’s 2020 election results.
    The lawsuit alleging widespread fraud was eventually dismissed after the judge found nothing but “speculation and speculation” that votes for Trump were somehow tarnished or turned into votes for Joe Biden, who beat Michigan by two points to eight. percentage units.
    Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the city of Detroit now want plaintiffs and a team of lawyers, including Trump allies Sidney Powell and L Lin Wood, to address the consequences of pursuing what they call frivolous claims, the first attempt to impose fines or other sanctions.
    “It was never to win on the basis of claims, but (the) purpose was to undermine the integrity of the election results and the public confidence in the electoral process and the government,” the attorney general’s office told a court. deposit.
    U.S. District Attorney Linda Parker quickly learned Monday that Powell and Howard Kleinhendler filed the lawsuit last fall, although the subsequent lawsuit was handled by Michigan-based attorneys.
    Wood’s name was on the lawsuit, but he insisted he had no choice but to tell Powell he would be available if the parties needed an experienced judge.
    “I did nothing in Michigan,” Wood told the judge during a Zoom hearing that sometimes attracted more than 5,000 people watching the video conference.
    There are no signs of widespread fraud in the 2020 elections. Indeed, election officials from both political parties have publicly stated that the elections went well and international observers have confirmed that there were no serious irregularities.
    The lawsuit was filed on behalf of six Republican voters who wanted Parker to certify the Michigan election results and flood the voting machines. Parker declined in December, calling the request “astonishing in scope and astonishing in scope.”
    Whitmer and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, also Democrats, want the state to receive at least $ 11,000 in legal fees. Detroit is asking the judge to dismiss the money the lawyers have raised through a campaign to raise money after the election. The city also wants lawyers to face disciplinary hearings in their respective states.
    The hearing became tense as the lawyers spoke to each other. The court’s journalist, Andrea Vabeke, was disappointed, asking them to “stop interrupting”.
    Don Campbell, a lawyer representing Powell and other lawyers, said there was enough legal precedent to go to federal court and challenge the election. He said lawyers could not be sanctioned simply because an opinion submitted through an expert affidavit could be wrong.
    “We had a basis of good faith,” Kleinhendler said in an affidavit claiming that thousands of new ballots had suddenly appeared in Detroit.
    In New York, Rudy Giuliani has been suspended from doing justice for making false statements while trying to ask the courts to overturn Trump’s election defeat.

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