31 House Republicans are lawyers — and deserve tough sanctions for supporting 'preposterous' Texas election lawsuit: attorneys

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Before the U.S. Supreme Court shot down a Texas lawsuit asking the High Court to throw out the presidential election results in four battleground states, a long list of House Republicans supported it — 126, to be exact. Of those 126, 31 were lawyers. And attorneys Neal R. Sonnett, Eugene R. Fidell and Dennis Aftergut, in an article published by the conservative website The Bulwark on December 22, argue that those 31 lawyers deserve to face tough legal sanctions for supporting such a frivolous and meritless lawsuit.

Sonnet and Aftergut are both former federal prosecutors, while Fidell is a senior research scholar at the Yale Law School. In the past, Sonnett served as president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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