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Thursday, August 05, 2021

A federal judge in Colorado sanctioned lawyers who challenged the 2020 presidential election results, calling their election claims "fantastical."

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...Neureiter did not hold back in his 68-page ruling, writing that the suit had "no plausible good faith justification."

Neurinter further slammed the plaintiffs for copying claims that had already been dismissed elsewhere, including a tweet from Trump baselessly claiming that Dominion deleted 2.7 million Trump votes nationwide. ...


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-04 09:37 PM | Reply

But their sanction is only a slap on the wrist that reaches for the piggy bank. They only have to pay a portion of the defendant's legal bills.

Trumpers will pile 10x-100x more into a GoFundMe.

This might be the best thing that's happened to their "Law And Order" "Back The Blue" "Stop The Steal" sham legal careers.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-04 09:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#1 ... Neureiter did not hold back in his 68-page ruling ...

Indeed.

A deeper dive into the ruling...

Federal Judge Slaps Two Lawyers With Sanctions Over Big Lie Lawsuit
talkingpointsmemo.com

...A federal judge has sanctioned two lawyers who he said pursued "bad faith" litigation that falsely alleged widespread illegal behavior in the 2020 election, ordering the attorneys to pay the legal fees of several states, private companies and individuals targeted by the suit.

Attorneys Gary D. Fielder and Ernest John Walker filed a "frivolous" case and "did not conduct a reasonable inquiry into whether the factual contentions had evidentiary support," Magistrate Judge N. Reid Neureiter wrote in a sharp 68-page opinion[1] against the pair.

The plaintiffs claimed they weren't trying to reverse the election, Neureiter wrote, but the effect of the allegations would be to sow doubt over Biden's presidency and American democracy itself.

"In short, this was no slip-and-fall at the grocery store," he continued. "Albeit disorganized and fantastical, the Complaint's allegations are extraordinarily serious and, if accepted as true by large numbers of people, are the stuff of which violent insurrections are made."

Neureiter ticked through various claims and affidavits cited in the complaint and patiently pointed out that "belief" is not the same thing as evidence. The judge also noted that the case faced the same standing issues as several other suits " it lacked "particularized individual injury."

"Plaintiffs' effort to distinguish this case from what I referred to as a veritable tsunami' of adverse precedent was not just unpersuasive but crossed the border into the frivolous," he wrote. ...


1- ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANTS' MOTIONS FOR SANCTIONS (PDF, 68 pages) - storage.courtlistener.com

If you don't want to read the full six pages, the TPM article is a reasonable summary that captures a lot of the Judge's concern.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-04 09:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#3

full six pages

- should be -

full sixty-eight pages

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-04 09:44 PM | Reply

@#2 ... But their sanction is only a slap on the wrist ...

Agreed.

But I have no knowledge for comparison to use in lawyers' sanctions for cases such as this.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-04 09:46 PM | Reply

The court is constrained in the sanctions that can be imposed.

www.law.cornell.edu

www.law.cornell.edu

Given the number of defendants the amount will likely approach $100,000 or more.

#6 | Posted by et_al at 2021-08-04 10:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

They should be dragged through the streets tied to a truck.

#7 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-08-04 10:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

They should both lose their law licenses. They have been trying to pervert our court system and use it to reverse a free and fair election. They should never get to practice law in any court in the United States again and possibly face jail time.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2021-08-05 11:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Better to play with a chained-up pit bull than your typical federal judge. If the sanction amounts are not paid in short order, these lawyers will find their ability to practice in federal court (and perhaps, in any court) to be denied. Next thing, these knobs will be working out of Saul Goodman's office--the branch office in the nail salon...

#9 | Posted by catdog at 2021-08-05 01:36 PM | Reply

They should be dragged through the streets tied to a truck.
#7 | Posted by LegallyYourDead

I was going to suggest they be disbarred but I like your way better.

#10 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2021-08-05 03:03 PM | Reply

The court is constrained in the sanctions that can be imposed.
www.law.cornell.edu
www.law.cornell.edu
Given the number of defendants the amount will likely approach $100,000 or more.

#6 | POSTED BY ET_AL

I'm guessing double or triple that in this case. Don't forget the number of parties involved and the sheer volume of documents.

#11 | Posted by Sycophant at 2021-08-05 04:56 PM | Reply

a tweet from Trump baselessly claiming that

The media is STILL normalizing Trumps behavior by not calling it LYING.

He's a god damned liar. Call him one.

#12 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2021-08-05 06:54 PM | Reply

Clearly this judge didn't read all the "alpha davids".

#13 | Posted by anton at 2021-08-05 08:23 PM | Reply

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