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...Perdue's lawsuit claimed fraud had cost him a chance to defeat Democrat Jon Ossoff in November 2020. The two candidates advanced to a January 2021 runoff, which Ossoff won. Perdue's lawsuit cited some of the same discredited allegations of fraud that former President Donald Trump has repeatedly said allowed Joe Biden to win the presidential election in Georgia.
On Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Robert C.I. McBurney dismissed the lawsuit and Perdue's request for a "forensic inspection" of absentee ballots. The judge said Perdue's claims consisted of "speculation, conjecture and paranoia " sufficient fodder for talk shows, op-ed pieces and social media platforms, but far short of what would legally justify a court taking such action."
Perdue issued a statement criticizing the ruling.
"Today's ruling is another example of how the establishment continues to cover up what happened in 2020, and we will vigorously appeal the decision," he said. "Courts across the country have been dismissing cases not based on evidence, but because of procedural nonsense."
Don Samuel, an attorney who represented Fulton County in the lawsuit, said McBurney's order, like the orders in similar lawsuits dismissed in state and federal courts, "reflect the judiciary's virtually unanimous rejection of the merits of the lawsuits brought by the losing candidates and their adherents.
"For the plaintiff to decry these lawsuits as procedural nonsense' is the surest sign that the plaintiffs do not understand the rule of law," Samuel wrote....