Judge disciplines pro-Trump lawyers for 'fantastical' election-fraud suit: 'The stuff of which violent insurrections are made'
In a blistering 68-page opinion, a federal judge on Wednesday sanctioned two Colorado attorneys for filing a "fantastical" lawsuit alleging the 2020 election was stolen from former president Donald Trump.
U.S. Magistrate Judge N. Reid Neureiter ordered the attorneys, Gary D. Fielder and Ernest John Walker, to pay the legal fees of the 18 entities listed as defendants in their class-action suit that was dismissed in April, including Facebook and Dominion Voting Systems, the Washington Post reports.
Referring to the "bad-faith" lawsuit as "one enormous conspiracy theory," Neureiter said the attorneys made little effort to substantiate their wild allegations — including a tweet from the former president claiming Dominion "deleted 2.7 million Trump votes nationwide," which the judge called ""highly disputed and inflammatory.
"In short, this was no slip-and-fall at the local grocery store," Neureiter wrote. "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."
The case is one of several nationwide in which attorneys who filed lawsuits pushing Trump's false claims of election fraud could face sanctions. Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, had his law license suspended in New York in June. And a judge in Michigan is considering sanctions against "Kraken" lawyers Sidney Powell and Lin Wood.
Ron DeSantis whines about Biden 'singling out' Florida after state smashes COVID hospitalization record
Florida governor Ron DeSantis complained on Wednesday that President Joe Biden was "singling out" his state for criticism after it smashed its own record for COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations this week.
Speaking with reporters, DeSantis falsely claimed that the reason for the COVID-19 surge in his state was due to immigrants flooding in through the southern border, when in reality the major reason for the virus's resurgence has been the refusal of millions of Americans to take a free vaccine to protect themselves against the disease.
"Joe Biden has taken to himself to try to single out Florida over COVID," he complained. "He's imported more virus from around the world by having a wide-open Southern border."
DeSantis then told Biden he didn't want to hear anymore complaints about COVID in Florida until he stopped migrants from entering the country.
"Why don't you do your job?" DeSantis said. "Why don't you get this border secure? And until you do that, I don't wanna hear a blip about COVID from you, thank you."
According to data compiled by the New York Times, Florida is now averaging more than 17,000 cases a day and has more than 10,000 people who have been hospitalized with the disease -- and both figures have more than doubled in size over the past two weeks.
DeSantis's poll numbers have slipped as a result of the COVID surge, as he has repeatedly signaled that he will do nothing to mitigate the spread of the deadly disease that so far has killed more than 600,000 Americans.
Watch the videos below.
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) complains that “Joe Biden has taken to himself to try to single out Florida over COVID.” https://t.co/mntBxHkzrH— The Recount (@The Recount) 1628098881.0
Mo Brooks tries to weasel out of insurrection lawsuit by telling judge he’s ‘never smoked tobacco’ or cheated
U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) is being sued by Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA) for his role in allegedly inciting the January 6 insurrection. Brooks infamously evaded being served by going to great lengths, resulting in forcing the process server to hand the papers to his wife at their home.
Brooks on January 6 spoke at Trump's MAGA rally and told the estimated 12,000 attendees, "Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass." But Brooks was also the first member of Congress to announce he would vote to overturn the election. And in December Politico reported Brooks was "spearheading the long-shot push to overturn the election results in Congress," and noted he had organized a "trio of White House meetings, which lasted over three hours and included roughly a dozen lawmakers."
The Alabama Republican Congressman tried to get the Dept. of Justice to defend him, claiming his inciting thousands of loyal Trump cultists was a part of his job as a federal government employee. The DOJ disagreed and refused.
So now he is in court.
Brooks, who is an attorney, is reportedly representing himself.
Here's what he told the judge on Wednesday in his defense, asking to be dismissed from the lawsuit, per Reuters' legal affairs reporter Jan Wolfe.
"Brooks is 67 years old."
"Brooks has never smoked tobacco. Brooks does not consume alcohol. Brooks has never experimented with or taken illegal drugs."
"Brooks has never been arrested or convicted of any felonies or misdemeanors."
"Brooks has never had a DUI, a reckless driving ticket, or even a speeding ticket."
"Brooks has never had a motor vehicle wreck in which anyone claimed Brooks was at fault."
"Brooks has been married 45 years. Brooks has always been faithful to his wife. Together they have raised four children, all of whom are married, none of whom have been divorced, all of whom are law-abiding, none of whom have been arrested for anything, all of whom have college degrees and jobs," it says.
He concludes with one curious claim: "Brooks has a perfect ethics record...despite Democrats...having harassed Brooks with at least 38 ethics complaints."
Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Raw Story Investigates and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.
$95 / year — Just $7.91/month
I want to Support More
$14.99 per month