…I know I should have got past this already…the case got tossed, after all…& given the relief requested the whole thing is moot as of when PA certifies the vote so it’s not clear to me how it could come back to life
…but it turns out the case that got slapped down so hard by the judge the other day was more fucked up than I’d gathered
…they failed to find someone to sign their own paperwork…but tried to pre-emptively imply the judge had signed their proposed order to grant their injunctive relief…& I know there’s some genuine concern about the long-term ramifications of this stuff
…but at some point this shit is just plain embarrassing?
Two ethical rules have been fatal to Trump’s election lawsuits in state after state: the lawyer’s duty of candor to a court and the lawyer’s duty to avoid frivolous claims. The president can spew all the theories he wants, and his advocates can say whatever they like on television, but because of these two ethical duties, Trump’s lawyers can make claims before courts only if they can back them up with actual evidence.
The duty of lawyers to avoid making frivolous claims has also hurt Trump’s efforts to use the courts to overturn the election. Lawyers are prohibited from making assertions in court or in their filings “unless there is a basis in law and fact for doing so that is not frivolous,” in the words of the ABA’s Model Rules. Lawyers have to be especially careful about this one, because judges can impose monetary sanctions against them on the spot. A whole section of the rules of federal civil proceedings specifies the duties lawyers have to ensure that the factual claims they’re making are supported by evidence and that the legal ones have a sound basis, too.
So far Trump’s lawyers haven’t been sanctioned, perhaps because they are rapidly dropping their lawsuits to avoid it. More than two dozen suits filed by the president or his supporters have been withdrawn or thrown out. On one day, Nov. 13, Trump’s campaign lost or dropped nine cases. The Democratic election lawyer Marc Elias, who has been involved in opposing Trump’s litigation in several states, crowed on Twitter that the president and his allies had lost 31 times in court and won only once.
Concerns about violating ethical rules partly explain why Trump’s lawyers are deserting him. Two large law firms withdrew as counsel only days after filing lawsuits. Two new lawyers signed on, only to withdraw within days themselves. Lawyers in high-profile cases rarely quit a client so quickly — unless they fear that the representation will violate the rules of legal ethics. Then they have no choice. Likewise, most of the establishment legal team that defended Trump during his impeachment has stayed away from the post-election litigation efforts.
The exodus has left Trump’s lawsuits in the hands of Rudolph W. Giuliani, who until this past week hadn’t been in a courtroom in decades. Although he’s made wild accusations in news conferences about “a massive fraud” involving the Clintons, George Soros and Hugo Chávez, Giuliani acknowledged in a federal court hearing in Pennsylvania that “this is not a fraud case.” And so far, none of the strangest claims he’s made publicly have found their way into any court filings.https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/trump-lawyers-legal-ethics/2020/11/20/story.html
…so I guess I’m kind of on board with being clear about what this bullshit amounts to…it doesn’t matter that it collapses like a house of cards in a court of law…what they’re failing to do is still something we have a name for
…also…I could be wrong about this but wasn’t “let’s remember some guys” kind of a deadspin thing?
…either way there’s nothing exactly surprising in the idea that a certain loser is saying one thing in public & something else entirely in private
…but hopefully he’s going to be too busy with for-real court cases to get that kind of shit together
Trump has faced investigations involving his campaign, his business and his personal behavior since he took the oath of office himself four years ago. As soon as he becomes a private citizen, however, he will be stripped of the legal armor that has protected him from a host of pending court cases both civil and criminal.
He will no longer be able to argue in court that his position as the nation’s chief executive makes him immune to prosecution or protects him from turning over documents and other evidence. He will also lose the help of the Justice Department in making those arguments.
While it’s possible he could go to jail as a result of some of the investigations of his business affairs, the soon-to-be-former president is more likely to face financial punishment in the form of civil fines, law enforcement observers believe. He may also be embarrassed by financial and other secrets that will be exposed in court. Nearly all his legal troubles are in his hometown, New York, where he once basked in the tabloid limelight as a young mogul and where he rode a golden escalator into an unlikely political career.https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/what-trump-faces-jan-20-2021
…& even if the likes of facebook & twitter are letting them get away with it
…it’s getting harder to deny that the shit they’re trying so hard to disseminate is diseased thinking in more ways than one
New research from Avaaz, a global human rights group, the Elections Integrity Partnership and The New York Times shows how a small group of people — mostly right-wing personalities with outsized influence on social media — helped spread the false voter-fraud narrative […]
“Because of how Facebook’s algorithm functions, these superspreaders are capable of priming a discourse,” said Fadi Quran, a director at Avaaz. “There is often this assumption that misinformation or rumors just catch on. These superspreaders show that there is an intentional effort to redefine the public narrative.”
While the group’s impact was notable, it did not come close to the spread of misinformation promoted by President Trump since then. Of the 20 most-engaged Facebook posts over the last week containing the word “election,” all were from Mr. Trump, according to Crowdtangle, a Facebook-owned analytics tool. All of those claims were found to be false or misleading by independent fact checkers.
In order to find the superspreaders, Avaaz compiled a list of 95,546 Facebook posts that included narratives about voter fraud. Those posts were liked, shared or commented on nearly 60 million times by people on Facebook.
Avaaz found that just 33 of the 95,546 posts were responsible for over 13 million of those interactions. Those 33 posts had created a narrative that would go on to shape what millions of people thought about the legitimacy of the U.S. elections.How Misinformation ‘Superspreaders’ Seed False Election Theories
Many of the superspreader accounts had millions of interactions on their Facebook posts over the last month, and have enjoyed continued growth. The accounts were active on Twitter as well as Facebook, and increasingly spread the same misinformation on new social media sites like Parler, MeWe and Gab.
None of the superspreaders identified in this article responded to requests for comment.
…so maybe it’s not surprising that it seems increasingly clear – whether out of some semblance of principle or just sheer expediency – that daylight is starting to appear between the GOP establishment & the lamest of lame ducks
…while the man established as the sorest loser in all of presidential history
…histrionically so…is…well…whining like a bitch is the expression that springs to mind?
The president is concerned his team is comprised of “fools that are making him look bad,” said one source familiar with the thinking. Asked why he would not fire them, this person replied, in essence, who knows?https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/behind-scenes-trump-frustrated-his-legal-team-s-maneuvers
…mind you…when it comes to making him look bad…I’d refer him to that header image?
The good news is that there is no real prospect that Mr. Trump can avoid a reluctant handover of power on Jan. 20. The bad news is that Mr. Trump’s wildly unsubstantiated claims of a vast voter fraud conspiracy and the litigation he has brought against voting rights have done — and will increasingly do — serious damage to our democracy. Our problems will deepen, in particular, because Mr. Trump’s litigation strategy has led to the emergence of a voter-hostile jurisprudence in the federal courts. New judicial doctrines will put more power in the hands of Republican legislatures to suppress the vote and take voters, state courts and federal courts out of key backstop roles.Trump’s Legal Farce Is Having Tragic Results
…so…I guess when this popped up I could have just junked the rest of this & gone with a bunch of .gifs of nelson from the simpsons…but they say the set-up is an integral part of a good punchline?
…because, let’s face it, this farce isn’t over
Wellshire’s government-backed, five-year loan came with a 3.15 percent interest rate, Fed records show.
Loans to consumers at Wellshire’s auto-title loan stores can carry a 350 percent annual rate, thanks to high fees and interest supercharging the cost of borrowing, according to corporate disclosure documents.https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/11/23/title-lender-gets-pandemic-aid
…& the laughs have been kinda thin on the ground of late
…still…on the upside…at least the US isn’t looking at being on the wrong end of a no-deal brexit
…so that’s probably a good thing?