Republicans faced challenges to the court challenges during the presidential election in three battlefield states on Friday. On the same day, the law firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, which has been in the spotlight for its work for President Donald Trump’s campaign, withdrew from a major Pennsylvania case.
The legal battles began when a federal appeals board rejected an attempt to block about 9,300 submissions that came after election day in Pennsylvania. The judges noted the “major disruptions” and “unsurpassed challenges” facing the nation during the Covid-19 pandemic when they maintained the three-day extension.
Chief Circuit Judge D. Brooks Smith said the panel had in mind “a proposal that is indisputable in our democratic process: that the legal voice of every citizen must be counted.”
Republicans have also asked the US Supreme Court to look into the matter. However, there are not enough late-arrival polls to change the results in Pennsylvania, given the leadership of President-elect Joe Biden. The former Democratic Vice President won the state with about 60,000 votes out of about 6.8 million votes – over the 0.5 percent of votes that involve an automatic recount.
The Trump campaign or the Republican surrogates have filed more than 15 legal challenges in Pennsylvania trying to recapture the state’s 20 ballots, but have so far provided no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
A Philadelphia judge found no one because he refused late Friday to reject about 8,300 postal votes there. The campaign has continued similar disputes in other battlefield states, with little to show for it.
In Michigan, a judge on Friday refused to stop the certification of election results in the Detriot area, dismissing allegations that the city had committed fraud and bothered the bill with its handling of absenteeism. This is the third time a judge has refused to intervene in a state bill showing Biden with more than 140,000 votes.
In Arizona, Trump campaign lawyers dropped their election fraud case the same day. A judge dismissed a Trump campaign lawsuit seeking inspection of votes in the Phoenix subway after the campaign’s lawyers acknowledged that the small number of votes could not change the outcome of how the state voted for the president.
“We do not allege fraud in this lawsuit; we do not claim that anyone is stealing the election, “Kory Langhofer, a Trump campaign lawyer, explained at the beginning of the hearing.
The campaign had sought to postpone Maricopa County certification of election results until polls containing votes – cases in which people voted for more candidates than allowed – were inspected.
Legal giant pulls out
Meanwhile, Porter Wright withdrew from a trial that tried to stop Pennsylvania officials from certifying the election results.
Porter Wright submitted the proposal on Thursday, as criticism grew among liberal activists on Twitter, claiming that law firms supporting the Republican currency challenges helped Trump defy the will of the American people.
The law firm, which has earned more than $ 700,000 from the Trump campaign, seemed to take down its Twitter feed on Tuesday after it was flooded with attacks. Payments include more than $ 140,000 paid through a Republican National Committee account to “recalculate” challenges, according to Federal Election Commission data.
The U.S. Board of Appeals denied on Friday that it did not rule on the certainty of the three-day extension or the power of the state court to grant it. Instead, the court found that the appellants had no right to question votes cast by dutiful voters who tried to follow the rules during a chaotic year.
( Jowharwith AP)