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Judge blocks Trump campaign attempt to stop certification of Pennsylvania election for Biden

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania -- Pennsylvania officials can certify election results that currently show Democrat Joe Biden winning the state by more than 80,000 votes, a federal judge ruled Saturday, dealing President Donald Trump’s campaign another blow in its effort to invalidate the election.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann in Pennsylvania turned down the request for an injunction by President Donald Trump’s campaign, spoiling the incumbent’s hopes of somehow overturning the results of the presidential contest.

In his ruling, Brann said the Trump campaign presented “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations ... unsupported by evidence.”

“In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state,” the opinion said. “Our people, laws, and institutions demand more.”

Trump had argued that the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law was violated when Pennsylvania counties took different approaches to notifying voters before the election about technical problems with their submitted mail-in ballots.

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and the seven Biden-majority counties that the campaign sued had argued Trump had previously raised similar claims and lost.

They told Brann the remedy the Trump campaign sought, to throw out millions of votes over alleged isolated issues, was far too extreme, particularly after most of them have been tallied.

“There is no justification on any level for the radical disenfranchisement they seek,” Boockvar’s lawyers wrote in a brief filed Thursday.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, tweeted shortly after Brann’s ruling, saying “Another one bites the dust.”

The state’s 20 electoral votes would not have been enough on their own to hand Trump a second term. Counties must certify their results to Boockvar by Monday, after which she will make her own certification.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will notify the winning candidate’s electors they should appear to vote in the Capitol on Dec. 14.

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Associated Press



    1. The federal judge who issued this ruling in PA was appointed by the orange buffoon. That goes to show the value of an independent judiciary. Just because you were appointed by Nazi filth doesn’t mean you have to follow in their footsteps.

          1. No, it was Judge Grimberg in Georgia who was an orange buffoon appointee and who threw out the Nazis lawsuit there.

  1. The judges need to start sanctioning these lawyers that are filing these meritless actions for the orange buffoon, and reporting them to their State Bar Association.

  2. ONLY ones afraid of Big Bully Trump are the Republicans in Washington. Judges in rest of country are NOT!! Calling him out for what he is: a delusional old Pussygrabber who still thinks he won the Election. The democratic process in good old USA is working, otherwise we would be living in an Autocratic nation like Russia, Turkey, or North Korea. God bless America and God bless Mr. BIDEN! FUCK TRUMP!!!!!

    1. Another correction. The orange buffoon attended online opening ceremonies and then the POS went to play golf with no one there to represent the US or our interests.

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