Judge Dismisses Trump Campaign’s Pennsylvania Lawsuit, Slams ‘Strained’ Reasoning


by Jordan Lancaster, The Daily Caller:

A federal judge dismissed a Trump campaign lawsuit Saturday night that sought to block the certification of election results in Pennsylvania, the Washington Post reports.

The lawsuit argued that Republicans were illegally disadvantaged in the Pennsylvania election because some counties allowed “ballot curing,” a practice where residents are prompted to fix errors on their mail-in ballots, while others didn’t, according to the Post.

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Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar requested that the suit be dismissed, and U.S. District Judge Matthew W. Brann granted the request Saturday evening. (RELATED: Here’s What’s Actually In Trump’s Pennsylvania Lawsuits)

In the lawsuit, the Trump campaign had asked the court to “disenfranchise almost seven million voters,” Brann wrote in his opinion.

“This Court has been unable to find any case in which a plaintiff has sought such a drastic remedy in the contest of an election, in terms of the sheer volume of votes asked to be invalidated,” Brann said.

President-elect Joe Biden currently has a 81,000-vote lead in Pennsylvania, according to the Post. Boockvar is set to certify the vote tallies after counties file their official results Monday.

President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani appeared at a hearing Tuesday in Williamsport, Penn. to attempt to justify the lawsuit, the Post reported. Giuliani took charge of the case, while five other attorneys who were working on it resigned.

Brann said that the lawsuit relied on “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations.”

“In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state,” the opinion reads. “Our people, laws, and institutions demand more.”

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