Michigan Judge Rejects Sidney Powell Election Lawsuit

Michigan Judge Rejects Sidney Powell Election Lawsuit
Sidney Powell speaks during a press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington on Nov. 19, 2020. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
Jack Phillips

A lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of the presidential election in Michigan was dismissed in a federal court on Dec. 7, with the judge saying that the lawsuit contained "conjecture and speculation."

District Court Judge Linda V. Parker, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, wrote in the ruling, “To be perfectly clear, Plaintiffs’ equal protection claim is not supported by any allegation that Defendants’ alleged schemes caused votes for President Trump to be changed to votes for Vice President Biden.”

Parker said (pdf) that the lawsuit, which was backed by lawyer Sidney Powell, "seems to be less about achieving the relief Plaintiffs seek—as much of that relief is beyond the power of this Court and more about the impact of their allegations on People’s faith in the democratic process and their trust in our government."

Parker, who serves on the Detroit-based U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, added that the relief sought by the defendants is beyond the power of the court.

“Plaintiffs ask this Court to ignore the orderly statutory scheme established to challenge elections and to ignore the will of millions of voters,” Parker wrote. “This, the Court cannot, and will not, do. The People have spoken.”

The Epoch Times has reached out to Powell for comment about whether she will appeal the judge's ruling on Dec. 7.

Powell announced in late November that she launched lawsuits in Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Georgia. The cases in Georgia, Arizona, and Wisconsin are ongoing.

In the Michigan suit, Powell alleged "massive election fraud" in the state, and violations of Michigan's Election Code and the Constitution.

“The scheme and artifice to defraud was for the purpose of illegally and fraudulently manipulating the vote count to manufacture an election of Joe Biden as president of the United States,” the lawsuit reads. The fraud was committed in many ways, but the most “troubling, insidious, and egregious ploy” involved the “systemic adaptation of old-fashioned ‘ballot-stuffing,'” it said.

Particularly, in Detroit and Wayne County, "an especially egregious range of conduct" occurred, Powell's suit alleged.

Last week, President Donald Trump's legal team presented witnesses at a Michigan Legislature hearing, with some saying they were intimidated and threatened. Others said they witnessed allegedly fraudulent and anomalous activity in Detroit's TCF Center.

“They treated me like a criminal, humiliated me, harassed me,” Detroit poll worker Jessy Jacob said in her witness statement. “It was so bad.”

The office of Michigan's secretary of state has said it has seen no evidence of voter fraud that would overturn the result of the election. Regarding the hearings last week, a spokesman for Michigan’s secretary of state told The Epoch Times that Republican poll watchers and others who testified in front of the Michigan Legislature this week displayed a “lack of knowledge” about the vote-counting process and promoted “conspiracy theories.”

Last month, several election officials in Wayne County—and one Michigan Board of Canvassers official—said they were threatened. One, Norm Shinkle, said anonymous callers threatened his "wife and children."
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter with 15 years experience who started as a local New York City reporter. Having joined The Epoch Times' news team in 2009, Jack was born and raised near Modesto in California's Central Valley. Follow him on X: https://twitter.com/jackphillips5
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