IN GEORGIA, A DEFEAT FOR SIDNEY POWELL.
Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit represented by Sidney Powell who once described the complaint as "epic."
The plaintiffs contended that the State of Georgia 1) had illegally changed the manner in which absentee ballots were processed; 2) engaged in the unlawful opening and early processing of ballots; and 3) engaged in unlawful audit procedures. Additionally, they contended that there was a demonstrating the absence of a mere mistake, but rather, fraud. Additionally, the suit alleged the presence of significant software failures indicating the purposeful manipulation of votes.
At the time, the assessment by thefederalistpages.com was that although there was sufficient evidence to proceed with discovery and further investigative efforts, it was doubtful that the courts would be motivated to carry out the corrective actions Ms. Powell sought and that flowed naturally from the evidence she had previously accumulated. On Monday, Judge Timothy Batten confirmed our suspicion.
Calling it the most audacious judicial effort he had ever seen, Judge Batten ruled that what Powell and her team had presented to him was a "hodgepodge" of election-related conspiracy theories. Additionally, the judge reasoned that Powell and her plaintiffs lacked standing.
Despite this ruling, Georgia is still reeling from surveillance footage of the Georgia elections office appearing to show canvassing workers stuffing ballots stored in containers and hidden underneath a table covered with a black tablecloth. The video suggests that these workers waited until the press and poll watchers were asked to leave and then began counting these previously hidden ballots. The injury was made even worse by what appeared to be counters reinserting ballots so they may be tallied more than once. The video was so unnerving that Governor Brian Kemp, who up to that point had been dismissive of any election impropriety claims in Georgia, reversed course and demanded that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger perform a signature audit of the Georgia votes. Despite these concerns, on Monday, Raffensperger recertified the Georgia ballots based on a repeat ballot count.
What remains to be seen are the remedies that may still be available for the President and his advocates. Clearly, Powell may appeal the ruling to the federal district court particularly since this is the same case and the same judge where the court demonstrated its judicial whiplash in overturning itself twice in four hours. There is no indication as to whether Powell is willing to proceed with her appeal, particularly in light of the fact that a similar lawsuit she filed in Michigan today also failed.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He served in the Florida House of Representatives. He is the author of numerous books including The Federalist Pages, The Case for Free Market Healthcare, and Coronalessons. He is available for appearances and book signings, and can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopedic surgeon living in Florida. He is a lawyer, author, and former member of the Florida House of Representatives. He is available for speaking engagements at email@example.com