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SCOTUS Denies Rehearing Request by Attorneys Sanctioned for Meritless Election Lawsuit

LANSING – Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a rehearing request for Sidney Powell and several other attorneys seeking to overturn sanctions imposed against them for filing a meritless challenge to the November 2020 presidential election. The Supreme Court previously denied petitions for certiorari filed by the attorneys in February.

In June of 2023, a panel of the Sixth Circuit upheld the monetary and disciplinary sanctions imposed against the attorneys by U.S. District Court Judge Linda V. Parker in August of 2021. In her opinion granting the sanctions, Judge Parker wrote, “This lawsuit represents a historic and profound abuse of the judicial process. It is one thing to take on the charge of vindicating rights associated with an allegedly fraudulent election. It is another to take on the charge of deceiving a federal court and the American people into believing that rights were infringed, without regard to whether any laws or rights were in fact violated. This is what happened here."

“The actions of Sidney Powell and others were meritless and political, with a total disregard for the oaths they took as attorneys,” said Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. “I am grateful the U.S. Supreme Court once again denied their request to undo the sanctions levied against them for trying to undermine our democratic process.”

The Department of Attorney General will now begin pursuing payment of the sanctions the attorneys owe the State of Michigan.


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