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New York attorney general sues NYPD for excessive force against protesters
  + stars: | 2021-01-14 | by ( Tom Hals | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +3 min
(Reuters) - New York’s state attorney general on Thursday sued New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and the city’s police commissioner over allegations the police used excessive force against racial justice protesters after the killing of George Floyd in May. In addition to excessive force, state Attorney General Letitia James alleged police detained hundreds of protesters, medics and observers without probable cause. In late May, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo expressed alarm over “disturbing violent clashes” between New York Police Department officers and protesters, and appointed James to investigate and produce a report. In her preliminary report in July, James recommended that the mayor give up sole control over the police commissioner’s hiring. In December, a separate report by the New York City Department of Investigation found the NYPD used excessive force and blamed the response on the failure of most officers to receive “relevant training” in policing such protests.
Persons: Bill De Blasio, George Floyd, Letitia James, , De Blasio, Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Andrew Cuomo, James, Dermot Shea Organizations: Reuters, New York, New York Police Department, New York City Department of Investigation, NYPD Locations: New York City, U.S, Manhattan, Minneapolis, Louisville , Kentucky, New York, Blasio
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Valley International Airport after visiting the U.S.-Mexico border wall, in Harlingen, Texas, U.S., January 12, 2021. At one point in the speech, Trump told the crowd they should “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”Trump returned to the White House after the remarks and reportedly watched the attack on television. Trump would have a strong argument that he engaged in free speech protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, legal experts said. Trump can argue that his rhetoric was sufficiently ambiguous, and that when he said “fight” he did not mean attack the Capitol, they said. A top prosecutor in the District of Columbia, Ken Kohl, on Jan. 8 told reporters that he did not expect to see a criminal case against Trump for inciting violence.
Persons: Donald Trump, Carlos Barria, Trump, Joe Biden’s, Republican Trump, ” Trump, , , TRUMP, Clarence Brandenburg, Ilya Somin, Paul Smith, Smith, Alexander Tsesis, Biden, Justice Department’s, Ken Kohl Organizations: Reuters, U.S, Capitol, Air Force, International Airport, REUTERS, Republican, White, TRUMP BE, of Columbia, Trump, Constitution, Ohio Ku Klux Klan, George Mason University, Supreme, FBI, Washington Post, Loyola University School of Law, Chicago Prosecutors, Justice, District of Columbia Locations: Mexico, Harlingen , Texas, U.S, Ohio, Washington, Brandenburg, Virginia, Chicago, United States, District
Police officer hailed for steering Capitol mob from Senate chamber
  + stars: | 2021-01-10 | by ( Tom Hals | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.89   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) - A police officer is being hailed for his role steering an angry mob away from the Senate chambers in Wednesday’s deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman, identified by CNN reporter Kristin Wilson, can be seen getting rioters to move away from the Senate as police raced to secure the chamber. “As trump’s fascist mob ransacked the US Capitol, this brave USCP officer kept murderous rioters away from the Senate chamber and saved the lives of those inside. Five people including a Capitol Police officer died as a result of Wednesday’s rioting and dozens of people have been charged. Among the mob who stormed the Capitol were individuals who waved Confederate flags and wore clothing carrying insignia and slogans espousing white supremacist beliefs.
Persons: Donald Trump, Eugene Goodman, Kristin Wilson, Goodman, Bill Pascrell, Trump, Democrat Joe Biden, Ruben Gallego, Jason Crow Organizations: Reuters, U.S, Capitol, Donald Trump . Capitol Police, CNN, Senate, Capitol Police, Democrat, Washington Post Locations: Washington
Fidelity Investments sued for discriminatory and hostile workplace
  + stars: | 2020-12-08 | by ( Tom Hals | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) - A former female employee of Fidelity Investments has sued the company for discrimination and a hostile workplace where women were allegedly disparaged and racially insensitive comments were made, according to a lawsuit. FILE PHOTO: A sign marks a Fidelity Investments office in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. September 21, 2016. Evans worked at Fidelity in Merrimack, New Hampshire from October 2015 until she resigned in February 2018. She is seeking lost wages, compensation for emotional distress and punitive damages, according to the lawsuit. Fidelity’s Chairman Abigail Johnson said in 2017 the company would not tolerate any type of harassment after two Fidelity money managers were dismissed in the wake of claims of sexual harassment.
Persons: Brian Snyder Elizabeth Evans, Evans, Vincent Loporchio, , Abigail Johnson Organizations: Reuters, Fidelity Investments, REUTERS, Latina, Fidelity Locations: Boston , Massachusetts, U.S, Dominican, Boston, Merrimack , New Hampshire, New Hampshire
U.S. judge rejects attempt to overturn Biden's Michigan victory
  + stars: | 2020-12-07 | by ( Tom Hals | ) www.reuters.com + 0.96   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday rejected a bid to decertify President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory in Michigan because of alleged irregularities and to have President Donald Trump declared the winner, the latest failed legal attack on the vote. Biden won Michigan by about 154,000 votes, giving him the state’s 16 electoral votes. The Electoral College will meet on Dec. 14 to cast their votes for the Democrat, who won 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232. Under U.S. law, Congress will consider a state’s result to be “conclusive” if it is finalized by the safe harbor date. Congress will meet on Jan. 6 to count and accept the Electoral College votes.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Leah Millis, Linda Parker, Sidney Powell, Trump, Powell, , Parker, Barack Obama, ” Trump, Biden Organizations: REUTERS, Democratic, Michigan, Electoral, Democrat, Republican, U.S, Electoral College Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, U.S, Michigan, Wilmington , Delaware, Detroit, Arizona , Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Wisconsin
Trump and his allies have lost numerous cases aimed at overturning election results in states Trump lost in the Nov. 3 election after winning them in 2016, making unfounded claims of fraud. Biden won Michigan by about 154,000 votes and Georgia by about 12,000 votes, giving him 16 electoral votes from each state. Biden amassed 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232 in the state-by-state Electoral College that determines the winner of a presidential election. A majority of Republicans in recent opinion polls have said they believe Trump won the election and that it was stolen through voter fraud. Under U.S. law, Congress will consider a state’s election result to be “conclusive” if it is finalized by the safe harbor date.
Persons: Donald Trump, Joe Biden’s, Trump, Sidney Powell, Linda Parker, Timothy Batten, , ” Parker, Batten, Joe Biden, ” Batten, Powell, Biden Organizations: Reuters, decertify, Republican, Michigan, Electoral, Electoral College, U.S Locations: Michigan, Georgia, Detroit, U.S, Atlanta, Arizona , Pennsylvania, Nevada, Wisconsin, American
U.S. Appeals Court rejects bid to block Georgia win for Biden
  + stars: | 2020-12-05 | by ( Tom Hals | Makini Brice | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: President-elect Joe Biden points a finger at his election rally in Wilmington, Delaware, November 7. “We may not entertain post-election contests about garden-variety issues of vote counting and misconduct that may properly be filed in state courts,” the appeals court said in its ruling. The ruling also means Georgia officials will be required to notify absentee voters so they can fix problems with their ballot in the upcoming U.S. Senate election. Wood was seeking to overturn a lower court judge who refused to block Georgia officials from certifying the state’s election for Biden. The appeals court ruling was decided by a panel of three judges, two of whom had once been under consideration by U.S. President Donald Trump for U.S. Supreme Court seats.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Joe Biden, Kevin Lamarque, Steven Grimberg, Trump, L, Lin Wood’s, Wood, , , Biden, Donald Trump, Brad Raffensperger Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, U.S, Appeals, Circuit, Senate, Supreme, Trump, Biden, Democratic Party Locations: Georgia, Wilmington , Delaware, Atlanta, U.S, Arizona , Michigan, Nevada , Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
(Reuters) - U.S. appeals court judges appeared skeptical on Thursday of voiding a 2007 deal that shielded Jeffrey Epstein from child sex charges that one of his alleged victims says prevents her from talking to prosecutors about possible co-conspirators. Circuit Court of Appeals seemed to doubt that the 2007 agreement triggered the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act because as part of the deal Epstein was not charged with a federal crime. Epstein hung himself in jail last year after being charged in 2019 with sex trafficking by Manhattan prosecutors. The 2007 agreement shielded Epstein from a possible federal indictment for sexually abusing dozens of girls as young as 14 between 1999 and 2007, according to court records. Under the terms of the deal, Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to lesser state prostitution charges.
Persons: Jeffrey Epstein, Audrey Strauss, William F, Sweeney Jr, Ghislaine Maxwell, Lucas Jackson, Epstein, Maxwell, Mark Cohen, Courtney Wild, , Barbara Lagoa, Alex Acosta, Kenneth Marra Organizations: Reuters, United, Southern, of, New York Office, REUTERS, Circuit, , Department, U.S, U.S . Labor Locations: York, New York City , New York, U.S, New York, , Manhattan, West Palm Beach , Florida
Vitol enters deal with U.S. government to avoid prosecution over Brazil oil bribes
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Tom Hals | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: A sign is pictured in front of the Vitol Group trading commodities company building in Geneva October 4, 2011. Brazilian police have for years been investigating the wide-ranging ‘Car Wash’ scandal involving the use of bribes to win contracts involving state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras). In exchange for the bribes, Vitol obtained information regarding what competitors were bidding for trading Petrobras oil. Brazilian prosecutors announced in late 2018 that they were investigating Petrobras’ oil deals with trading houses, including the world’s biggest oil traders - Vitol, Trafigura and Glencore. Vitol SA is the world’s largest independent oil trader, trading some 8 million barrels of oil a day.
Persons: Denis Balibouse, Vitol Organizations: Vitol, REUTERS, U.S, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, Petrobras, Vitol SA Locations: Geneva, U.S, Brooklyn
Vitol pays $135 million to resolve U.S. allegations of oil bribes in Latin America
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Tom Hals | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: A sign is pictured in front of the Vitol Group trading commodities company building in Geneva October 4, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File PhotoThe prosecutor said $45 million of the total payment would go to Brazilian authorities to resolve allegations in that country. In exchange for the bribes, Vitol obtained information regarding what competitors were bidding for trading Petrobras oil. Brazilian prosecutors announced in late 2018 that they were investigating Petrobras’ oil deals with trading houses, including the world’s biggest oil traders - Vitol, Trafigura and Glencore. Vitol is the world’s largest independent oil trader, trading some 8 million barrels of oil a day.
Persons: Denis Balibouse, Vitol Organizations: Reuters, U.S ., Vitol, REUTERS, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, Petrobras, Vitol SA, U.S Locations: Brazil, U.S, Brooklyn, Geneva
FILE PHOTO: A sign is pictured in front of the Vitol Group trading commodities company building in Geneva October 4, 2011. Vitol, run out of London, is the world’s largest independent oil trader, trading some 8 million barrels of oil a day. The energy trader will pay the Department of Justice (DOJ) a criminal penalty of $135 million to resolve the probes. Prosecutors said the bribes went to employees at Mexico’s state-run Pemex and Ecuadorian state oil company Petroecuador. Brazilian prosecutors announced in late 2018 that they were investigating Petrobras’ oil deals with trading houses, including the world’s biggest oil traders - Vitol, Trafigura and Glencore.
Persons: Denis Balibouse, “ Vitol, Seth DuCharme, Vitol, , Russell Hardy, MEXICO Vitol, Prosecutors, Pemex, Michael “ Mike ” Loya, Loya, Trafigura Organizations: Reuters, U.S ., U.S . Department of Justice, Vitol, REUTERS, of, of Justice, Futures Trading Commission, DOJ, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, Petrobras, FBI Locations: Brazil, Geneva, Swiss, London, Ecuador, Mexico, Eastern, of New York, ECUADOR, MEXICO, Mexico’s, U.S
U.S. federal appeals court rejects Trump campaign's Pennsylvania election case
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Tom Hals | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after he participated in a Thanksgiving video teleconference with members of the military forces at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 26, 2020. REUTERS/Erin Scott(Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday rejected a request by U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign to block President-elect Joe Biden from being declared the winner of the battleground state of Pennsylvania. The ruling is yet another significant setback in Trump’s long-shot bid to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 election. But calling an election unfair does not make it so,” wrote Stephanos Bibas on behalf of a three-judge panel. ”The case could still be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Persons: Donald Trump, Erin Scott, Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden, , Stephanos Organizations: White, REUTERS, U.S, , Supreme Locations: Washington , U.S, Pennsylvania
In new blow to Trump, U.S. court rejects Pennsylvania election case
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Tom Hals | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
“On to SCOTUS!” wrote Jenna Ellis, a Trump campaign attorney, on Twitter after the ruling, referring to a planned appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Polls have showed a majority of Republicans believe Trump won the election and many believe the election was tainted, despite a lack of evidence. The Trump campaign filed the Pennsylvania case earlier this month, saying that county election officials had treated mail-in ballots inconsistently and asking U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann to halt certification of the results. The appeals court said many of the claims by Trump campaign are matters of Pennsylvania law but noted the campaign already lost on those issues in state court. “It never alleges that anyone treated the Trump campaign or Trump votes worse than it treated the Biden campaign or Biden votes,” said the opinion.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Erin Scott “, , Stephanos, Bibas, Jenna Ellis, Biden, Trump, The Trump, Matthew Brann, Brooks Smith, Michael Chagares, George W, Bush Organizations: Reuters, U.S, White, REUTERS, Trump, Twitter, Supreme, Pennsylvania, Republican, Democratic, Electoral, Biden, Republicans, District, Brann Locations: Pennsylvania, Washington , U.S, SCOTUS, Nevada
In fresh blow to Trump, U.S. court rejects Pennsylvania election case
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Tom Hals | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
The Trump campaign and its supporters have tried and failed to convince judges of election irregularities in Michigan, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada, all critical to Biden’s victory. “On to SCOTUS!” wrote Jenna Ellis, a Trump campaign attorney, on Twitter after the ruling, referring to a planned appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Trump campaign filed the Pennsylvania case earlier this month, saying that county election officials had treated mail-in ballots inconsistently and asking U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann to halt certification of the results. The appeals court said many of the claims by Trump campaign are matters of Pennsylvania law but noted the campaign already lost on those issues in state court. “It never alleges that anyone treated the Trump campaign or Trump votes worse than it treated the Biden campaign or Biden votes,” said the opinion.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Erin Scott “, , Stephanos, Bibas, Trump, Jenna Ellis, Biden, The Trump, Matthew Brann, Brooks Smith, Michael Chagares, George W, Bush Organizations: Reuters, U.S, White, REUTERS, Trump, “ Voters, Twitter, Supreme, Pennsylvania, Republican, Democratic, Electoral, Biden, Republicans, District, Brann Locations: Pennsylvania, Washington , U.S, Michigan , Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, SCOTUS
“This claim, like Frankenstein’s Monster, has been haphazardly stitched together,” wrote Brann. The Trump campaign and its supporters have filed dozens of lawsuits in six closely contested states. In the Pennsylvania case, Brann also denied a campaign request to amend the suit to claim violations of the U.S. Constitution. Under Pennsylvania law, the candidate who wins the popular vote in the state gets all the state’s electoral votes. A presidential candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win the election, and Biden leads in the electoral vote count by 306-232.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden, Matthew Brann, ” Brann, , , Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Carlos Barria, Rudy Giuliani, Giuliani, Trump, Rick Hasen, Biden Organizations: Reuters, Democratic, Trump, District, Brann, Republican, Federalist Society, White, REUTERS, U.S, Supreme, Circuit, Appeals, Twitter, U.S . Constitution, Pennsylvania’s Republican, Electoral, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia Locations: U.S, Williamsport , Pennsylvania, Washington , U.S, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia , Michigan, Arizona, U.S .
Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said Trump had “exhausted all plausible legal options” to challenge the result in Pennsylvania. He called on Trump to concede the election and congratulated Biden on his victory. UNPRECEDENTED EFFORTTrump is seeking to invalidate or change the election results through recounts and direct pressure on lawmakers in several states. They are asking question after question, telling the tabulators to stop, stop what they’re doing and that is out of line, that’s not acceptable,” Milwaukee County Clerk George Christianson told reporters. Biden, who has denounced Trump’s attempt to reverse the election results as “totally irresponsible”, spent Saturday meeting with transition advisers and attending church.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Matthew Brann, Trump, Joe Biden, ” Brann, , , Pat Toomey, Biden, ” Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, ” Biden, Michael Gwin, Giuliani, Benjamin Geffen, Saturday’s, George Christianson, counterprotesters, Trump’s Organizations: WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania, Trump, Congress, U.S, Supreme, Twitter, Republican, Biden, Public Interest Law Center, Republican Michigan, , Democratic, Georgia, statehouse, Police Locations: Pennsylvania, U.S, United States of America, Biden’s, Michigan, Wayne County, Black, Detroit, Washington, In Wisconsin, Milwaukee County, Georgia, Atlanta, Sterling , Virginia
Explainer: Can Trump override the popular vote?
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Tom Hals | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
Typically, a state certifies a Republican or Democratic slate of electors based on which candidate won the popular vote. Delaying or blocking the state certification process could clear the way for legislators to appoint electors pledged to Trump, even in states where Biden won the popular vote. The campaign’s proposed fix: let the state’s Republican-controlled legislature appoint electors and declare Trump the victor of the state, even though Biden won the popular vote. OBSCURE FEDERAL LAWAn obscure federal law provides another opening for lawmakers to appoint Trump electors in states won by Biden. That law allows state legislators to appoint electors if voters “failed to make a choice” on Election Day.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden, Jenna Ellis, Trump, Boris Epshteyn, Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump, Jonathan Ernst, DIDN’T, Biden, Trump’s, , David Daley, FairVote, Newt Gingrich, , Paul Smith, it’s, Mike Pence, FairVote’s Daley Organizations: Republican, Democratic, Trump, New York City, Republican National Committee, REUTERS, BIDEN, Electoral College, Electors, U.S . House, Twitter, State, Biden, Republicans, Georgetown, Campaign Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, New York, Washington , U.S, United States, Pennsylvania, U.S ., Wisconsin , Michigan
Pennsylvania high court to hear Trump challenge to thousands of votes
  + stars: | 2020-11-18 | by ( Tom Hals | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: A voter and election workers wear protective masks on Election Day in South Philadelphia High School, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., November 3, 2020. REUTERS/Rachel Wisniewski/File Photo(Reuters) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said on Wednesday it would take up an appeal by President Donald Trump’s campaign challenging thousands of mail-in votes cast in Philadelphia that were missing information on the return envelopes. President-elect Joe Biden, the Democratic challenger, won Pennsylvania by a margin of around 82,000 votes, according to Edison Research. A decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would likely impact ballots across the state, although the number was unclear. In another Trump lawsuit, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled against the campaign on Tuesday and said Philadelphia officials acted reasonably in keeping Trump observers behind barricades and 15 feet (4.5 m) from counting tables.
Persons: Rachel Wisniewski, Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden, Nicole Ziccarelli, Trump Organizations: South Philadelphia High School, REUTERS, Pennsylvania Supreme, Trump, Democratic, Edison Research, Pennsylvania, Republican Locations: South, Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, U.S, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh
(Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s campaign sought on Wednesday to reintroduce claims to a Pennsylvania election lawsuit that it removed three days ago, saying it would ask that Trump be declared the winner of the battleground state. FILE PHOTO: A voter and election workers wear protective masks on Election Day in South Philadelphia High School, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., November 3, 2020. The campaign lawsuit seeks to prevent the state from certifying the election result, citing the disparate policies. A Reuters poll on Wednesday showed about half of Republicans believe Trump had the election stolen from him. Earlier on Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said it would take up an appeal in a separate lawsuit by the Trump campaign challenging thousands of mail-in votes in Philadelphia that were missing information on the return envelopes.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Trump, Rachel Wisniewski, Matthew Brann, Brann, Joe Biden, Biden Organizations: Reuters, South Philadelphia High School, REUTERS, District, Democratic, Trump, Pennsylvania Supreme, Pennsylvania, Edison Research Locations: Pennsylvania, South, Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, U.S, Philadelphia
Trump election campaign asks judge to declare him winner in Pennsylvania
  + stars: | 2020-11-18 | by ( Tom Hals | Jan Wolfe | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s election campaign on Wednesday asked a judge to declare him the winner in Pennsylvania, saying the state’s Republican-controlled legislature should select the electors that will cast votes in the U.S. FILE PHOTO: A voter and election workers wear protective masks on Election Day in South Philadelphia High School, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., November 3, 2020. The winner needs 270, and Trump would have to flip the outcome in Pennsylvania, with 20 electoral votes, and two other states. Biden won Pennsylvania by around 82,000 votes, according to Edison Research. A Reuters poll on Wednesday showed about half of Republicans believe Trump had the election stolen from him.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Rachel Wisniewski, Matthew Brann, , Joe Biden, Biden, Rudy Giuliani, Brann, Justin Levitt, ” Levitt, Trump Organizations: Reuters, Wednesday, Republican, Electoral, South Philadelphia High School, REUTERS, U.S, District, Pennsylvania, Democratic, Trump, Edison Research, Brann, Loyola Law School Locations: Pennsylvania, U.S, South, Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
(Reuters) - A Michigan state court rejected on Friday a request by supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump to block the certification of votes and appoint an independent auditor in Detroit, which voted heavily in favor of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. FILE PHOTO: Votes continue to be counted at the TCF Center the day after the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., November 4, 2020. The lawsuit alleged fraud and voting irregularities, which Wayne County has denied. Michigan is due to certify its election results on Nov. 23. The campaign and Republicans have also sued in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin seeking to block the certification of election results.
Persons: Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Shannon Stapleton, , Timothy Kenny, Wayne County, Trump Organizations: Reuters, U.S, Democratic, TCF Center, REUTERS, Trump, Republicans, of Canvassers, Michigan, Facebook, Western District of Michigan, U.S . Locations: Michigan, Detroit, Detroit , Michigan, U.S, Wayne County, Wayne, Western District, Georgia , Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s litigation campaign to discredit President-elect Joe Biden’s victory is very unlikely to change the outcome of the election and is mostly about politics and fundraising, according to election law experts. FILE PHOTO: Voters fill out their ballots on Election Day in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, U.S., November 3, 2020. Since Election Day, the Trump campaign has brought suits in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona and Georgia. A common allegation in many of them is that Republican poll watchers were denied proper access to vote counting sites in Democratic-leaning areas. In Michigan, the Trump campaign alleged that Republican poll observers were obstructed from viewing the counting of mail-in ballots in a Detroit convention center.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden’s, Rachel Wisniewski Trump, Trump, Jessica Levinson, ” Levinson, Biden, , Karl Rove, ” Rove, Biden’s Organizations: WASHINGTON, REUTERS, Loyola Law School, , Democratic, Twitter, Republican, TRUMP, Trump, U.S, Congress, Supreme, Republicans, Edison Research Locations: Conshohocken , Pennsylvania, U.S, Los Angeles, Pennsylvania , Michigan, Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Detroit, Philadelphia
FILE PHOTO: The sun rises behind the U.S. Supreme Court building the day after Election Day, U.S. November 4, 2020. The Trump campaign is fighting Philadelphia election officials over vote counting in the city, which continued on Saturday. A state court on Thursday granted the campaign closer access to the proceedings, a ruling that officials have appealed. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Friday night ordered county election boards in the state to separate mail-in ballots received after 8 p.m. EST on Election Day. Pennsylvania election officials have said those ballots were already being separated.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Jonathan Ernst, Trump, Democrat Joe Biden, Trump’s, Samuel Alito, Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar, , Nevada’s, Cynthia Stephens, Judge Emmet Sullivan, Sullivan Organizations: Reuters, U.S, Supreme, REUTERS, Democrat, Philadelphia Board, Tuesday’s, . Constitution, Commonwealth, Trump, Michigan, U.S . Postal Service, Postal Service, Philadelphia Processing, NAACP Locations: Arizona, Michigan, Georgia, PENNSYLVANIA, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, City, ., ARIZONA, Court, Maricopa County, NEVADA, Clark County, GEORGIA, Chatham County, MICHIGAN, Pittsburgh, Lehigh, U.S, Washington
“They’re intended to give the Trump campaign the opportunity to argue the vote count should stop. In Michigan and Pennsylvania, Trump asked courts to temporarily halt the vote counts because the campaign’s observers were allegedly denied access to the counting process. The Michigan case was dismissed on Thursday but a Pennsylvania court ordered that Trump campaign observers be granted better access to counting process in Philadelphia. In Georgia, the Trump campaign asked a judge to require Chatham County to separate late-arriving ballots to ensure they were not counted, but the case was dismissed on Thursday. Danielle Lang, who advocates for voting rights at Campaign Legal Center, said Trump has a long history of attempting to whip up mistrust in our electoral system.
Persons: Donald Trump, Cheney Orr, Biden, Trump, , Robert Yablon, ” Trump, Bill Stepien, Bob Bauer, “ They’re, Jessica Levinson, Edward Foley, Bush, Gore, Foley, Florida’s, Democrat Al Gore, Republican George W, Danielle Lang, Joshua Geltzer Organizations: U.S, Phoenix City Hall, REUTERS, Supreme, Trump, University of Wisconsin, Madison Law School, , Loyola Law School, Moritz College of Law, Democrat, Republican, Legal, Georgetown Law’s Institute, Constitutional, Protection Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Phoenix , Arizona, U.S, Nevada, Michigan , Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Chatham County, Los Angeles, Florida
In the Georgia case, the campaign alleged that 53 late-arriving ballots were mixed with on-time ballots. James Bass, a Superior Court judge in Georgia, said there was “no evidence” that the ballots in question were invalid. Democratic challenger Joe Biden has a narrow lead in Nevada, Trump a narrow lead in Georgia, and Biden has been projected to win in Michigan. “They’re intended to give the Trump campaign the opportunity to argue the vote count should stop. In Pennsylvania, where Trump is narrowly leading but Biden is gaining, the Trump campaign and other Republicans have already filed various legal challenges.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, James Bass, Cynthia Stephens, , , Trump, Joe Biden, Biden, Adam Laxalt, Richard Grenell, ” Laxalt, ” Joe Gloria, Bob Bauer, “ They’re, ” Trump Organizations: Reuters, Trump, Las Vegas, Democratic, Pennsylvania Convention, . Pennsylvania, U.S Locations: Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Clark County, Las Vegas, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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