Mother Jones: The Legal Assault on Democracy Is Clearly Unethical. But the Lawyers Will Probably Get Away With It.

Why pro-Trump attorneys likely won’t face sanctions.

Pema Levy
Reporter

President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani arrive for an appearance before the Michigan House Oversight Committee on December 2, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

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It may seem fitting that 2020 is ending with a parade of lawyers filing conspiracy-theory-laden, error-riddled, and legally unsound lawsuits in an effort to overturn the results of November’s election. With a vanishing chance of success, the antics are even funny, easy fodder for Saturday Night Live. But like so many other episodes of the Trump era, we may be witnessing another democratic institution wither in the face of anti-democratic pressure.


If filing dozens of frivolous lawsuits to overturn an election doesn’t lead to professional consequences, then what’s to stop it from happening again?


Thus far, courts have unceremoniously rebuffed Republicans’ fraud allegations, seeing through their failure to prove ballot-box-stuffing, voting machine manipulation, and various other accusations. “Allegations that find favor in the public sphere of gossip and innuendo cannot be a substitute for earnest pleadings,” a federal judge in Arizona wrote in tossing out an attempt to overturn the state’s election results, adding that the claims are “sorely wanting of relevant or reliable evidence.” In Michigan, a judge found Republican claims of fraud “incorrect and not credible.” In Nevada, a judge found that Trump electors seeking to overturn that state’s results did not provide proof of fraud that met “any standard of evidence.” And yet, dozens of these irresponsible lawsuits have been filed across the country. Some could drag on for several more weeks, even after Monday’s Electoral College voting makes Joe Biden’s victory all but official.

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ET comme les elections senatoriales ne sont pas tout a fait terminees(Georgia….) une interview interessante.

A Little Gift:
Vous avez le choix: Georgia in my mind Ray Charles or Crying Time (R. Charles)?

I put Crying Time First and… it’s the reason for the second Georgia in my mind??? Is it OK (not perfect but enough good)?

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