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At the hearing in Detroit into whether former Trump lawyers Sidney Powell, Lin Wood and others who filed lawsuits arguing baseless claims that Donald Trump actually won the 2020 election should be sanctioned, lawyer David Fink is making the case against them for the city.

“What they filed was an embarrassment to the legal profession. This was a sloppy and careless effort,” he said of the Trump-inspired plaintiffs’ lawsuits.

A team of lawyers led by Powell filed a lawsuit in November on behalf of Michigan Republicans alleging rampant voter fraud and seeking to have Trump declared the victor in Michigan voting in the presidential election.

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Happening now in Detroit: federal Judge Linda Parker hearing arguments over whether to sanction Sidney Powell, L. Lin Wood and other attorneys who sought to overturn Michigan’s presidential election. Watch live here: https://t.co/XKUcUoNxmp


July 12, 2021

This futile effort was repeated in courts up and down the nation as Donald Trump tried in vain to overturn Joe Biden’s victory.

Earlier today, federal judge Linda Parker asked Powell and her co-counsel why they didn’t discontinue a lawsuit they knew was full of false allegations, at least after December 14, 2020, when the Electoral College formally confirmed Biden’s election victory.

“Why did the plaintiffs not recognize this lawsuit as moot and dismiss it on that date?,” Parker asked.

These are questions to which we are eager to know the answers, along with whether Powell and Wood will be officially reprimanded by the court.

Just a reminder that Rudy Giuliani, who also memorably took some of the dozens and dozens of doomed cases to court, and, separately, is under criminal investigation, has already been suspended from practicing law in Washington, DC, and New York.

Fink today accused Powell and Wood of recklessness. Their lawyers had mad a variety of arguments, such as that reasonable people wouldn’t believe the election lies anyway, that the situation in late 2020 with the election results was “fluid” and that they made factual errors in their filings because they are not statisticians.

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