Lawyers allied with Trump ordered to pay $175K in sanctions to Michigan, Detroit
Lawyers allied with Trump ordered to pay $175K in sanctionsBy DAVID EGGERT Associated PressLANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nine lawyers allied with former President Donald Trump were ordered Thursday to pay Detroit and Michigan a total of $175,000 in sanctions for abusing the court system with a sham lawsuit challenging the 2020 election results. “Plaintiffs’ attorneys, many of whom seek donations from the public to fund lawsuits like this one ... have the ability to pay this sanction,” Parker wrote. She previously ordered each of the lawyers to undergo 12 hours of legal education, including six hours in election law. “I undertook no act in Michigan and I had no involvement in the Michigan lawsuit filed by Sidney Powell,” he said in an email. But baseless lawsuits in Michigan and elsewhere went nowhere, and even the Trump campaign’s legal team moved to distance itself from her.mlive.com
9 Lawyers Allied With Trump Ordered To Pay Detroit, Michigan $175K In Sanctions
Nine lawyers allied with former President Donald Trump were ordered Thursday to pay Detroit and Michigan a total of $175,000 in sanctions for abusing the court system with a sham lawsuit challenging the 2020 election results.detroit.cbslocal.com
Lawyers allied with Trump penalized over Michigan lawsuit
Nine lawyers allied with former President Donald Trump face financial penalties and other sanctions after a judge Wednesday said they had abused the court system with a lawsuit that challenged Michigan's election results in favor of Joe Biden. U.S. District Judge Linda Parker said the lawsuit last fall was a sham intended to deceive the court and the public, just a few days after Biden's 154,000-vote victory in the state was certified. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of six Republican voters who wanted Parker to decertify Michigan’s results and impound voting machines.news.yahoo.com
‘It is impossible to defend’ -- Lawyers face potential sanctions in Michigan over election misinformation
“This lawsuit is the dangerous product of an online feedback loop, with these attorneys citing legal precedent derived not from a serious analysis of case law, but from the rantings of conspiracy theorists sharing amateur analysis and legal fantasy in their social media echo chamber,” wrote Detroit attorney David Fink.
Convention circuit of delusion gives forum for election lies
For a few hours last weekend, thousands of Donald Trump’s loyal supporters came together under the blazing sun in a field in Western Wisconsin to live in an alternate reality where the former president was still in office — or would soon return.
Dominion Voting Systems sues Giuliani over election claims, seeks more than $1.3 billion in damages
FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 file photo, voting machines fill the floor for early voting at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)WASHINGTON – Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit on Monday against Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who led the former president’s efforts to spread baseless claims about the 2020 election. The lawsuit seeks more than $1.3 billion in damages for the voting machine company, a target for conservatives who made up wild claims about the company, blaming it for Trump's loss and alleging without evidence that its systems were easily manipulated. The company faced such a mountain of threats and criticism that one of its top executives went into hiding. The lawsuit also details Giuliani pitching supplements to cure their achy joints and muscles, offering a special discount code as he held up the bottles.
Trump backers seek online refuges after big tech backlash
Online supporters of President Donald Trump are scattering to smaller social media platforms, fleeing what they say is unfair treatment by Facebook, Twitter and other big tech firms looking to squelch misinformation and threats of violence. Then came an unprecedented response from the tech companies to the Capitol riot, fueled in part by false and misleading social media posts that undermined faith in the U.S. election. The crackdown prompted many conservative posters to consider more obscure alternative platforms such as Gab, which has marketed itself to Trump supporters. Several Trump social media stars banished from the mainstream platforms have launched their own channels on the service, gaining thousands of followers in just days. Chatter around such protests is present on some social media, Holt said, and an internal FBI bulletin this week warned of extremist threats at such events.
Twitter bans Trump, citing risk of violent incitement
This Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 image shows the suspended Twitter account of President Donald Trump. On Friday, the social media company permanently suspended Trump from its platform, citing "risk of further incitement of violence." (AP Photo/Tali Arbel)Twitter banned President Donald Trump's account Friday, citing “the risk of further incitement of violence" following the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. On Thursday, Facebook suspended Trump's account through Jan. 20 and possibly indefinitely. Twitter merely suspended Trump's account for 12 hours after he posted a video that repeated false claims about election fraud and praised the rioters who stormed the Capitol.
GOP voters ready for Georgia runoffs despite Trump's claims
Many Republican voters in Georgia are angry; certain that widespread voter fraud claims of which are baseless cost President Donald Trump the election. (AP Photo/Ben Gray, File)ATLANTA – Many Republican voters in Georgia are angry. They're convinced that widespread voter fraud — claims that are baseless — cost President Donald Trump the election to Democrat Joe Biden. But interviews with voters and party activists in the state suggest there's little sign that Trump's voters are planning to stay home in protest. Jeanne Seaver, a Republican activist in Georgia who worked on Trump's 2016 campaign, said she believes that Republican voters will still come out to support Perdue and Loeffler despite the anger on the ground.
Sidney Powell unrelenting in legal battle on Trump's behalf
ATLANTA – Conservative attorney Sidney Powell has been unrelenting in her battle on behalf of President Donald Trump and the Americans who have pledged their faith in him, regardless of the facts of the 2020 election – namely, that Joe Biden won. “I’m going to release the Kraken,” Powell said in a Fox Business interview in mid-November, an apparent reference to the film “Clash of the Titans” in which Zeus gives the order to release the mythical sea monster. Despite being tossed off the president’s legal team, Powell has continued to push his claim that the election was stolen. As they were filed, lawyers across the country reacted on social media, some puzzling about her strategy and others outright mocking her in paragraph-by-paragraph analysis. That's good advice, but it's hard to square with the baseless allegations and conspiracy theories Powell has been pushing, Levitt said.
Trump assails vote integrity while urging turnout in Ga.
“Let them steal Georgia again, you’ll never be able to look yourself in the mirror,” Trump told rallygoers. The Jan. 5 Senate runoffs in Georgia will determine the balance of power in Washington after Biden takes office. Democrats need a Georgia sweep to force a 50-50 Senate and position Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as the tiebreaking vote. Trump continued to reiterate his unsubstantiated claims of fraud, despite his own administration assessing the election to have been conducted without any major issues. Chants of “Fight for Trump” drowned out the two senators as they briefly spoke to the crowd.
Trump loves to win but keeps losing election lawsuits
For a man obsessed with winning, President Donald Trump is losing a lot. The Trump campaign lost its bid to overturn the results of the election in Nevada and the Michigan appeals court rejected a case from his campaign. The Wisconsin Supreme Court also declined to hear a lawsuit brought by a conservative group over Trump’s loss. After recently being kicked off Trump's legal team, conservative attorney Sidney Powell filed new lawsuits in Arizona and Wisconsin this week riddled with errors and wild conspiracies about election rigging. “What I did hear was a sad Facebook rant from a man who lost an election."
In Georgia, Republicans juggle Biden win and Trump loyalties
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Twin Georgia Senate runoffs have Republicans in a quandary. They could admit President Donald Trump lost his re-election bid and turn all attention to salvaging a Senate majority to counter President-elect Joe Biden. “I’m here because I stand with President Donald Trump,” Pence declared in Gainesville, Georgia. Brian Kemp, himself a former Georgia secretary of state, on social media. The 60-year-old came to see Pence, Loeffler and both Perdues, but made clear she was there because of her loyalties to the president.
EXPLAINER: Trump's election challenges falling flat in court
Trump's campaign has failed to make any real headway in court without proof of widespread fraud, which experts widely agree doesn't exist. In a separate case, Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee also had sought to delay the certification of election results in Maricopa County. Maricopa County leaders certified election results Friday. GEORGIATHE CASE: A high-profile conservative attorney, L. Lin Wood Jr., sued in an attempt to block the certification of election results in Georgia. WISCONSINTHE CASE: Trump’s campaign on Wednesday filed for a recount in the counties that cover Milwaukee and Madison, both Democratic strongholds.
EXPLAINER: A look at Trump’s long-shot legal challenges
Trump's campaign has failed to make any real headway in court without proof of widespread fraud, which experts widely agree doesn't exist. In a separate case, Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee also had sought to delay the certification of election results in Maricopa County. A hearing in the Trump campaign challenge is scheduled Dec. 1. In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann said the plaintiffs had asked the court to disenfranchise almost 7 million voters. “That has not happened.”WISCONSINTHE CASE: Trump’s campaign on Wednesday filed for a recount in the counties that cover Milwaukee and Madison, both Democratic strongholds.
EXPLAINER: A look at Trump's long-shot legal challenges
WHAT HAPPENED: A judge on Thursday rejected Republicans' bid to postpone the certification of election results and dismissed the party’s legal challenge that sought a new audit of a sampling of ballots. In a separate case, Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee also had sought to delay the certification of election results in Maricopa County. GEORGIATHE CASE: A high-profile conservative attorney, L. Lin Wood Jr., sued in an attempt to block the certification of election results in Georgia. WISCONSINTHE CASE: Trump’s campaign on Wednesday filed for a recount in the counties that cover Milwaukee and Madison, both Democratic strongholds. It alleged — again without evidence — that absentee ballots were illegally altered or issued and that government officials violated state law.
EXPLAINER: A look at Trump's long-shot legal challenges
In a separate case, Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee had sought to delay the certification of election results in Maricopa County. GEORGIATHE CASE: A high-profile conservative attorney, L. Lin Wood Jr., has sued in an attempt to block the certification of election results in Georgia. Wayne County, which is home to Detroit, unanimously certified its election results on Tuesday, hours after Republicans first blocked formal approval of voters’ intentions. WISCONSINTHE CASE: Trump’s campaign on Wednesday filed for a recount in the counties that cover Milwaukee and Madison, both Democratic strongholds. State and local elections officials reiterated that there was no evidence to back up the claims Trump was making.
Teen charged in Kenosha shootings fights extradition
In this screen grab from live stream video, Kyle Rittenhouse appears via video during a hearing at the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court in Waukegan, Ill., on Sept. 25, 2020, in his case. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis., is fighting his return to Wisconsin to face homicide charges that could put him in prison for life. (Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court via AP)
Teen charged in Kenosha shootings fights extradition
One of Rittenhouse's attorneys, John Pierce, made clear that he is opposing Rittenhouse's return to Wisconsin to face the charges. J.B. Pritzker had signed a warrant to return Rittenhouse to Wisconsin after a request from Wisconsin Gov. It also could force prosecutors to provide more details about their case against Rittenhouse in support of extradition, he said. Rittenhouse’s extradition would not be an issue if he had been arrested in Kenosha the night of the shootings. A big boost came last month when Pierce defended Rittenhouse in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.
Lawyer of accused Kenosha shooter resigns from defense fund
A lawyer representing a 17-year-old charged with shooting three people during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has resigned from his position with a defense fund that has raked in more than $700,000 to defend his client and conservative causes. Pierce said he resigned from the #FightBack Foundation fund, which has raised money to defend Rittenhouse, to avoid any “appearance of conflict," USA Today reported. Pierce and his firm, Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht, have been accused of defaulting on millions of dollars owed to investors, according to court documents. Pierce and Lin Wood, another attorney who has taken up high-profile cases championed by conservatives, started the fund in early August. Wood, who now controls the foundation, said Pierce would be reimbursed for his work defending Rittenhouse.
Teen accused of killing 2 thrust into debate over protests
By the end of the night, prosecutors say, Rittenhouse had killed two people and severely wounded a third. To some, Rittenhouse is a domestic terrorist whose very presence with a rifle incited the protesters. The commander of the force said Friday over 1,000 guard members had been deployed, and more were on the way. In the scuffle, lasting just seconds, Rittenhouse shoots a third person armed with a handgun, according to the complaint. He later turned himself in in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois, according to Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis.