Pennsylvania Judge Dismisses Trump Case

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Pennsylvania Judge Dismisses Trump Case

Postby toucana on November 21st, 2020, 9:41 pm 

A US District Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit by the Trump campaign trying to disenfranchise millions of Pennsylvanian mail-in votes.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/21/politics/federal-judge-dismisses-trump-pennsylvania-lawsuit/index.html

This was essentially the last major case seeking to throw out or block enough votes that could swing a key state in Trump's favor. In his ruling, Judge Matthew Brann who is a longtime and well-known Republican in Pennsylvania said the following:
Plaintiffs ask this Court to disenfranchise almost seven million voters. This Court has been unable to find any case in which a plaintiff has sought such a drastic remedy in the contest of an election, in terms of the sheer volume of votes asked to be invalidated.

One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption, such that this Court would have no option but to regrettably grant the proposed injunctive relief despite the impact it would have on such a large group of citizens.

That has not happened. Instead, this Court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and unsupported by evidence.

In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state. Our people, laws, and institutions demand more. At bottom, Plaintiffs have failed to meet their burden to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.

The judge dismissed the case with prejudice, which means it can’t be re-filed.
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Re: Pennsylvania Judge Dismisses Trump Case

Postby Dave_C on November 22nd, 2020, 11:32 am 

A happy day in Pennsy!
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Re: Pennsylvania Judge Dismisses Trump Case

Postby TheVat on November 22nd, 2020, 11:39 am 

Let the hair dye flow! (or was that embalming fluid?)
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Re: Pennsylvania Judge Dismisses Trump Case

Postby charon on November 22nd, 2020, 11:40 am 

legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and unsupported by evidence.


As they presented a case without evidence I'm surprised they weren't punished in some way. Isn't there a penalty for presenting frivolous complaints that waste court time and public money?

In fact, I'm surprised it even got to court if there was no evidence. Who let it into the system?
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Re: Pennsylvania Judge Dismisses Trump Case

Postby toucana on November 27th, 2020, 10:18 pm 

This was so much fun, that president Trump and Rudy Giuliani decided to do it all over again - this time in front of a panel of three judges for the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/27/politics/trump-pennsylvania-lawsuit-appeal/index.html

The appellate court was no more impressed with this case than Judge Matthew Brann of the lower court had been a week ago when he said :

“This claim like Frankenstein’s monster has been haphazardly stitched together.”

Today, Judge Stephanos Bibas who was himself a Trump appointee to the Federal bench authored this opinion on behalf of himself and his two colleagues (who were appointed by president George W. Bush):

"Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here - The Campaign never alleges that any ballot was fraudulent or cast by an illegal voter, It never alleges that any defendant treated the Trump campaign or its votes worse than it treated the Biden campaign or its votes. Calling something discrimination does not make it so. The Second Amended Complaint still suffers from these core defects, so granting leave to amend would have been futile."

Any reasonable person assume that this latest ruling settles the matter. But Trump’s lawyers are undaunted. They apparently plan to appeal this latest appellate ruling to the SCOTUS.
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Re: Pennsylvania Judge Dismisses Trump Case

Postby Serpent on November 28th, 2020, 1:26 am 

He figures he owns a couple of them. But once you appoint somebody to a post for life, you can't remove them from it - and they owe you nothing.
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