US appeals court dismisses another lawsuit against Trump in Pennsylvania | United States and Canada


A Philadelphia federal appeals court on Friday rejected President Donald Trump’s latest effort to challenge the election results by barring President-elect Joe Biden from being declared the winner of Pennsylvania.Trump’s lawyers have vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court despite the judges’ assessment that “the campaign’s claims are baseless.”

The U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals echoed a string of other courts in concluding that the Trump campaign offered no evidence of electoral fraud.

Trump’s campaign has repeatedly alleged electoral irregularities that amount to fraud, without evidence.

“Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy. The accusations of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair doesn’t make it that way. Charges require specific allegations, then evidence. We don’t have either here, ”Trump-appointed judge Stephanos Bibas and former law professor wrote in the three-judge panel decision.

The move is the latest in a series of blows to Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results. Most of the mainstream media called for the race for Biden, who won 306 electoral votes, far more than the 270 needed to win.

Shortly after Friday’s ruling, Trump posted a Newsmax video on Twitter about allegations of electoral fraud in Nevada.

The Trump campaign filed the case in Pennsylvania earlier this month, claiming county election officials treated mail-in ballots inconsistently and asking U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann to suspend certification of the results .

Some counties allowed voters to correct minor deficiencies in their ballots, such as a missing “secret envelope”, while others did not.

Brann dismissed the case on November 21, saying the case was based on “strained legal arguments” and “speculative accusations”.

The case was argued last week in a lower court by Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, who insisted during five hours of argument that the 2020 presidential election was marred by widespread fraud in Pennsylvania . However, Giuliani did not provide any tangible evidence of this in court.

US District Judge Matthew Brann had said the campaign’s error-filled complaint “like Frankenstein’s monster was stitched up at random” and denied Giuliani the right to edit it a second time.

The 3rd circuit qualified this decision as justified. The three judges on the panel were all appointed by Republican presidents. The move comes four days after Pennsylvania officials certified their vote count for Biden, who beat Trump by more than 80,000 votes in the state.

Trump may be hoping that a Supreme Court he helped steer toward a conservative 6-3 majority would be more open to his pleadings, especially since the High Court upheld Pennsylvania’s decision to accept the Mail-in ballots until November 6 by a 4-4 vote only. month. Since then, Trump candidate Amy Coney Barrett has joined the tribunal.

“Pennsylvania’s militant justice machine continues to cover up allegations of massive fraud,” Trump attorney Jenna Ellis tweeted after Friday’s ruling. “TO SCOTUS!”

Trump said Thursday he would step down if the Electoral College confirmed Biden’s victory when he was summoned in December.


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