'A dangerous stunt': Law experts slam Texas's legal push to overturn the election for Trump
Legal experts weighed in on Tuesday with their disapproval of the state of Texas' latest lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court against four battleground states — Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin — over the outcome of the presidential election.
The president and his legal team have claimed widespread fraud marred the election results, but their attempts to provide even a sliver of convincing evidence for this bold claim have fallen flat as judges have tossed out more than 45 of their lawsuits in states across the country. The new lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) accuses states of " electoral irregularities." Although President-elect Joe Biden has already been declared the winner of the election, and the vote counts have been rigorously vetted, the lawsuit claims the so-called "flaws" within the election process "preclude knowing who legitimately won the 2020 election," according to Law & Crime.
"Plaintiff State respectfully submits that the foregoing types of electoral irregularities exceed the hanging-chad saga of the 2000 election in their degree of departure from both state and federal law. Moreover, these flaws cumulatively preclude knowing who legitimately won the 2020 election and threaten to cloud all future elections," Texas said.
It adds: "Taken together, these flaws affect an outcome-determinative numbers of popular votes in a group of States that cast outcome-determinative numbers of electoral votes. This Court should grant leave to file the complaint and, ultimately, enjoin the use of unlawful election results without review and ratification by the Defendant States' legislatures and remand to the Defendant States' respective legislatures to appoint Presidential Electors in a manner consistent with the Electors Clause and pursuant to 3 U.S.C. § 2."'
Legal experts see this lawsuit as yet another likely dead end for the Trump campaign. Steve Vladeck, an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law, pilloried the effort with a string of fiery tweets criticizing the lawsuit.
Vladeck tweeted, "It looks like we have a new leader in the 'craziest lawsuit filed to purportedly challenge the election' category: The State of Texas is suing Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin *directly* in #SCOTUS."
According to Vladeck, the Supreme Court will "never" hear this case.
Although the Supreme Court has “exclusive” jurisdiction over disputes between states, it does not automatically hea… https://t.co/KGzhLlmIrV— Steve Vladeck (@Steve Vladeck) 1607436791.0
Josh Douglas, election law and voting rights professor at the University of Kentucky Rosenberg College of Law, also had critical remarks about Paxton and the lawsuit, which he described as "insane."He tweeted, "Texas AG Ken Paxton--who is under FBI investigation for using his office to benefit a political donor and whose top lawyers blew the whistle and resigned--is now trying to have Texas sue PA, GA, MI, and WI over the presidential election. Insane."
Texas AG Ken Paxton--who is under FBI investigation for using his office to benefit a political donor and whose top… https://t.co/xikhafPvao— Josh Douglas (@Josh Douglas) 1607437990.0
The lawsuit is also being seen as an attempt to delay the Electoral College vote. However, like many of Trump's other post-election lawsuits, most legal experts are expecting this one to fail, as well.
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