In scathing opinion, judge tosses out Trump campaign lawsuit

“A lawsuit brought by President Trump’s campaign that sought to block the certification of Pennsylvania’s election results was dismissed by a federal judge on Saturday evening,” as The Washington Post and others are reporting.

“U.S. District Judge Matthew W. Brann granted a request from Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar to dismiss the suit, which alleged that Republicans had been illegally disadvantaged because some counties allowed voters to fix errors on their mail ballots.

“The judge’s decision, which he explained in a scathing 37-page opinion, was a thorough rebuke of the president’s sole attempt to challenge the statewide result in Pennsylvania.

Brann wrote that Trump’s campaign had used “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations” in its effort to throw out millions of votes.

“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,” Brann wrote.

In a statement, Trump’s attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, and legal adviser Jenna Ellis said they would appeal the decision and expected the case to reach the Supreme Court. “We are disappointed we did not at least get the opportunity to present our evidence at a hearing,” their statement said.

The court’s opinion is here.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

4 thoughts on “In scathing opinion, judge tosses out Trump campaign lawsuit”

  1. I thought more highly of Harvey Mudd until I ran into the reasoning skills of “Gregory” in the outback. “I think I’ve got two figured out,” he writes. No, Gregory, I do not know “Alfred.” How many village idiots can our community handle?

    Sock puppets on TheUnion viafoura comment pages abound… I think I’ve got two figured out…
    “Alfred” is almost certainly the Dark Lard himself
    “Corno/Corniglio Digli” is almost certainly Steven R. Frisch of the Sierra Monkeybusiness Council.
    Posted by: Gregory | 24 November 2020 at 01:20 PM

  2. This news just keeps getting better all the time. There’s another sock puppet, Dr Ana! who I can only imagine his identity

  3. LaMalfa and McClintock have their names on the Texas lawsuit where they got their butts handed to them by the Supreme Court yesterday. (what a shocker) “If you live in a country where the state apparatus can successfully overturn an election to keep the ruling regime in power, even when it loses, you do not live in a democracy, You live in a dictatorship.” Shame on these two idiots. But— that’s Northern California representation for ya. Perhaps we could get them to go with Elon Musk, and move to Texas.

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