A Court Found that Trump Lawyers Failed to Show Proof of Fraud
Sidney Powell and Lin Wood were judged to have participated in "historical and deep misuse" of the judicial system, and the judge approved their sentence.
In a ruling issued Wednesday night in Michigan, a federal judge found that a lawsuit filed by nine pro-Trump attorneys, including Sidney Powell and L. Lin Wood, last year challenging the validity of the presidential election was "a historic and profound abuse of the judicial process." The lawsuit, which was laden with conspiracy theories, was filed to undermine the legitimacy of the election.
Judge Linda V. Parker of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled that the attorneys should be submitted to the appropriate local legal authorities in their home states for potential suspension or disbarment.
Judge Parker wrote in her 110-page order that it was one thing to take on the charge of defending rights associated with an allegedly fraudulent election. Still, it was quite another to deceive "a federal court and the American people into believing that rights had been infringed." She concluded that the lawsuit should never have been filed.
"This is what happened here," she wrote.
Requests for comment on the decision from Ms. Powell and Mr. Wood did not get an immediate response.
On Wednesday night, no one from the other lawyers, including two former officials of President Donald Trump's administration, could be reached for comment.
One of four lawsuits, collectively referred to as the "Kraken" lawsuits, that Ms. Powell filed in various courts around the country, alleging that tabulation machines manufactured by Dominion Voting Systems were tampered with by a bizarre cast of characters, including financier George Soros and Venezuelan intelligence agents, was filed in late November in the Eastern District of Michigan. Ms. Powell filed the lawsuit in the Eastern District of Michigan as part of a more extensive campaign to discredit Dominion Voting Systems.
Court documents allege that she falsely stated that the conspirators began a sophisticated, covert plot to digitally transfer votes from President Donald J. Trump to his opponent, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., during the 2016 presidential election.
She was utterly incorrect.
When Judge Parker finally issued her order, it was about a month after the marathon hearing, during which she repeatedly pressed Ms. Powell and her colleagues about how they had verified the statements of witnesses who filed sworn statements alleging widespread fraud and tampering with voting machines, she said she was disappointed.
Many times during the hearing, Judge Parker expressed astonishment at the lawyers' answers. He reminded the attorneys that they had a responsibility to do "minimal due diligence" and described some claims in the complaint in the lawsuit as "extraordinary."
Judge Parker accused Ms. Powell of violating "the well-established norms" of litigation by making claims that were neither supported by law nor fact but instead were based on "speculation, conjecture, and unjustified suspicion" as a consequence of their conduct.
Judge Parker wrote…
"This case was never about fraud."
"It was about undermining the people's faith in our democracy and debasing the judicial process to do so."
A lawyer representing the City of Detroit, Mr. David Fink, described the decision as "a strong message to lawyers worldwide."
"Either you follow the regulations and tell the truth, or you will pay the price," Mr. Fink said.
Lawmakers will be aware that bringing frivolous cases would have repercussions, according to the report.
The latest legal setback for the embattled group of lawyers emerged from the post-election period as the most ardent of Mr. Trump's supporters. Judge Parker's order stated that Ms. Powell and her colleagues had "scorned their oath," "flouted the rules," "attempted to undermine the integrity of the judiciary."
Parker cited many examples of legal misuse.
In one case, the attorneys claimed to have proof that poll officials altered votes. A woman's declaration said simply that "I think some of these employees were altering ballots." When asked whether that lady had seen it, "the Court remained silent."
In another case, the court observed that the attorneys claimed votes were tabulated more than once, which is illegal. It's "baffling" because the plaintiff's counsel didn't state which laws were broken.
However, there are "myriad" reasons why votes may need to be re-read, such as a clogged reader.
The attorneys' failure to provide proof arose when asked to substantiate the allegation of an unusual "dump" of votes for Biden
"Speculation, coincidence, and innuendo could never amount to proof of an 'illegal vote dump,'" the court concluded.
Last year, the former president and his supporters filed almost 60 lawsuits contesting the election. A conspiracy of foreign intelligence agents hacking into voting machines to manipulate the election results was posited by Ms. Powell.
Ms. Powell's allegations of a conspiracy of foreign intelligence agents influencing the election results by hacking into voting machines were among the most outlandish — and devoid of evidence — of any of the claims made.
Dominion eventually filed a defamation lawsuit against Ms. Powell and others, including Mr. Trump's former lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, accusing them of launching "a viral misinformation campaign" regarding the election and demanding damages in excess of $1 billion in penalties.
Those cases were permitted to go to trial this month after Ms. Powell and Mr. Giuliani's requests to dismiss were rejected by a federal court in Washington.