Tuesday, November 23, 2021

That's Going to Sting; MAGA Ed.

Two lawyers who went to court to claim voter fraud after the 2020 election must pay nearly $180,000 to the defendants they sued, a federal magistrate judge ordered Monday, saying their lawsuit aimed to "manipulate gullible members of the public and foment public unrest."

The order from Magistrate Judge N. Reid Neureiter of the US District Court in Colorado adds to the federal judiciary's condemnations of attempts by attorneys supporting then-President Donald Trump to use the courts to vet right-wing conspiracies in the days after the presidential election.

Attorneys Gary D. Fielder and Ernest John Walker will have to pay attorneys fees of $50,000 to Facebook (now Meta), about $63,000 to Dominion Voting Systems, about $63,000 to the non-profit Center for Tech and Civic Life, more than $6,000 to the state of Pennsylvania and nearly $5,000 to the state of Michigan.

Yeah, that's going to leave a mark. But if the awards are upheld, some wealthy wingnut will cover the sanctions. One might expect, however, that the attorney discipline committee (or whatever it's called in Colorado) will take note and move on disciplinary sanctions.

In other Stupid Trump Legal News, Trump's Team of Crack(pot) Lawuyers are threatening to sue the Pulitzer Committee for awarding prizes to the NY Times and the NY Post in 2018 for their coverage of L'Affaire de Russe. Which, in all honesty, is about what one would expect from the Grand Prince of Butthurt.

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