ATLANTA – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump and his lawyers seeking a temporary detention order to suspend certification of elections in Georgia.
“It has been established that disputes over the choice of garden varieties do not rise to the level of constitutional deprivation,” Judge Steven D. Grimberg ruled. “The fact that his candidate did not win does not rise to the level of harm.”
Judge Grimberg was appointed by the president in 2019.
Renowned Atlanta lawyer Lynn Wood filed a 188-page lawsuit against Sec. of the state Brad Rafensperger to suspend certification, which must be completed by Friday.
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An observer of a poll that identified itself as active in the Republican Party testified in court. She described seeing a batch of voices that looked “virgin,” “uniformed,” and “looked like copiers.” She said that among the 100 ballots, 97 were for President-elect Joe Biden and two were for President Trump.
Lawyers said she was the only witness to testify at the hearing, but Ray Smith, who said he was detained in the case by President Trump, said the observer’s testimony and about 15 affidavits were enough evidence to suspend the certification of Georgia.
Attorney General Russ Willard argued for the suspension of certification that it was controversial, lacked a reputation, and did not violate due process. He said all state laws were observed at all times during these elections.
“The plaintiff is trying to change the rules at the end of the game to change the result,” Willard told the referee. “The applicant seeks the greatest deprivation of the right to meet the conditions [voters] after the abolition of the tax on Jim Crowe’s polls and balances in Georgia. “
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Kevin Hamilton, a lawyer for the Democratic Party of Georgia, said the lawsuit was aimed at invalidating millions of legal ballots “with the slightest evidence” and “no court has ever entered into such relief.”
Smith argues that the rate of rejection of signatures on postal ballots has dropped dramatically even with the huge increase in postal ballots. The attorney general countered that Smith was using the wrong numbers, and the percentage of inappropriate rejections of signatures was the same as in 2018.
According to the Secretary of State’s office, the number of rejected signatures has increased by approximately 350% since the 2018 elections, but the rejection rate remains at about 0.15%. Slightly more than 2,000 absentee ballots out of 1,322,529 ballots were rejected in these elections. In 2018, 454 absent ballots were rejected out of the 284,393 ballots received by mail.
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The two previous lawsuits filed by Trump’s campaign in Georgia were rejected, but during a news conference Thursday, Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said another lawsuit would be filed Friday, citing specific evidence uncovered in Atlanta.
Judicial observers said the case involved 32 lawsuits filed as part of the president’s post-election lawsuits, which were rejected.
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