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Rick Hasen Nov 21
: Breaking: In Total Loss for Trump Campaign in Its Most Major Remaining Election Case, Federal Court in Pennsylvania Dismisses Case and Denies Motion to File Amended Complaint [link to opinion]
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Rick Hasen
The federal court judge just EXCORIATES the Trump campaign for seeking to disenfranchise nearly seven million Pennsylvania voters with SHODDY legal arguments. We told you it would be this way:
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Rick Hasen Nov 21
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From the judge on the merits: "Plaintiffs’ only remaining claim alleges a violation of equal protection. This claim, like Frankenstein’s Monster, has been haphazardly stitched together from two distinct theories in an attempt to avoid controlling precedent."
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Rick Hasen Nov 21
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This ruling can be appealed but I expect an appeal will get ZERO traction. And there are no remaining serious lawsuits that could affect the outcome in PA. None. (There are some that involve a small number of ballots, including one stuck at SCOTUS).
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Rick Hasen Nov 21
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So what does this leave in terms of Trump lawsuits? There's one still pending in NV that will fail. There's the one pending before SCOTUS that involves few ballots. Nothing else significant. For all those GOP Senators waiting for Trump to produced evidence, there's NOTHING LEFT.
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Rick Hasen Nov 21
Replying to @JennaEllisEsq
One thing I like about the judge's order dismissing the lawsuit and denying leave to amend is how the judge *signs his name* to his order. Thanks
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Rick Hasen Nov 21
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for anyone on whom this reference is lost:
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Rick Hasen Nov 21
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Today's ruling is a victory for the rule of law, and for the voters of Pennsylvania, whom the Trump campaign sought to disenfranchise on the flimsiest legal theory imaginable.
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Rick Hasen Nov 21
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Getting a lot of questions about what it means that this Trump case was dismissed "with prejudice."
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Rick Hasen Nov 21
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Rick Hasen Nov 21
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Turns out the hair dye running down Rudy's face was NOT the most embarrassing thing about this lawsuit. No wonder lawyers for the Trump campaign were rushing to get their names off this case before the judge issued his scathing decision.
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Rick Hasen Nov 21
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It's just conjecture, but I bet Rudy does not even READ the judge's opinion, but will instead just have it described to him. They can run to the 3rd circuit or even to SCOTUS but I do not expect a different result.
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Rick Hasen Nov 21
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I give Judge Brann a lot of credit for giving Rudy & Co. the chance to make their arguments---long oral argument and a second shot at asking for a preliminary injunction. Turns out he gave them just enough rope to hang themselves. Repeatedly.
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Rick Hasen Nov 21
Replying to @rickhasen
Last point for now: this is a victory anyone who believes in voting rights should savor. But let's not forget the many lawyers and others who have advanced arguments to literally try to thwart voters' will and steal the election. Shame on them.
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