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A federal judge on Monday rejected a legal effort from groups of Trump voters to block Congress from officially counting the Electoral College votes and suggested the attorneys involved may be subject to sanctions.
In a seven-page decision, Judge James Boasberg denied the group’s request for a preliminary injunction against Congress and Vice President Pence, in his capacity as president of the Senate, from certifying the results of the election.
The article goes on to state the following:
It was yet another defeat for the dubious last-ditch legal maneuvers aimed at overturning President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
“Their failure to make any effort to serve or formally notify any Defendant … renders it difficult to believe that the suit is meant seriously,” the judge wrote in his decision. “Courts are not instruments through which parties engage in such gamesmanship or symbolic political gestures. As a result, at the conclusion of this litigation, the Court will determine whether to issue an order to show cause why this matter should not be referred to its Committee on Grievances for potential discipline of Plaintiffs’ counsel.”
The lawsuit, alleging various cases of fraud, was filed by voters from Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The suit also challenged state election laws as unconstitutional.
The lawyer representing the plaintiffs, Erick Kaardal, has yet to respond to request for comment.
The decision comes days after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by Rep. Louie Gohmert and other Republicans that sought to expand Vice President Pence’s legal authority to effectively overturn Biden’s electoral win.
— The Hill (@thehill) January 4, 2021
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