Judge dismisses Trump lawsuit seeking to delay certification in Pennsylvania

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A Pennsylvania federal judge on Saturday evening dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign that claimed there were widespread irregularities with mail-in ballots in the state, ending the last major effort to delay certification of results of the Pennsylvania vote, which should take place. place Monday.

In scathing order, Judge Matthew W. Brann wrote that Mr. Trump’s campaign, which called on him to effectively deprive nearly seven million voters, should have come to court “armed with compelling legal arguments and factual evidence of rampant corruption ”in its efforts. to essentially nullify the results of the Pennsylvania election.

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But instead, Judge Brann complained, the Trump campaign provided only “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations” that were “not supported by evidence.”

The lawsuit, filed Nov. 9, accused Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and several counties with predominantly Democratic populations of unfairly handling mail-in ballots, which were used in unprecedented numbers in elections. of this year. The lawsuit claimed that under Ms Boockvar’s leadership, Democratic counties gave voters who submitted ballots with minor flaws an opportunity to ‘cure’ or correct them, while counties with overwhelming populations Republicans did not alert voters of incorrect ballots.

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This, according to the campaign, violated the equal protection clause of the US Constitution.

But Judge Brann rejected that argument, comparing him to Frankenstein’s monster, which had been “randomly assembled.” He ruled that the Trump campaign, lacking standing to make the claim, could not prove it had suffered harm if some counties, anticipating a deluge of mailed ballots, helped their constituents to cast votes. proper ballots while others did not.

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“The fact that some counties have chosen to implement” Ms Boockvar’s suggestions while others have not “does not constitute a violation of equal protection,” Judge Brann wrote.

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