I’m Stumped
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I’m Stumped

The Lawyers Should Know Better

I suppose it may not matter to you if you are sufficiently dug in in support of your candidate of choice, but as a lawyer I can tell you that if I were representing the Trump campaign bringing the cases they are bringing, I would rightly expect to be sanctioned and disciplined by the state bar. Which, of course, is part of the reason, I would not agree to bring those claims in the first place.

Choose to believe the tweets and tantrums if you wish, but I’m telling you as someone who actually has to make decisions about whether to bring a case, I know of no respectable lawyer who would have brought these.

Here is what the Judge in Pennsylvania said while dismissing the latest attempt to overturn the election.

“Plaintiffs ask this Court to disenfranchise almost seven million voters. This Court has been unable to find any case in which a plaintiff has sought such a drastic remedy in the contest of an election, in terms of the sheer volume of votes asked to be invalidated.

One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption, such that this Court would have no option but to regrettably grant the proposed injunctive relief despite the impact it would have on such a large group of citizens. That has not happened.

Instead, this Court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and 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. Our people, laws, and institutions demand more. At bottom, Plaintiffs have failed to meet their burden to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.”

I sincerely hope that the lawyers enabling Trump’s despotism will be severely reprimanded by their State’s bar for demeaning the profession the way they have.

These are my musings on politics, religion, parenting, and the hard work of trying to be a decent human.

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Joshua Stump

I am a Dad, a husband, a son, a brother, a follower of Jesus, a lawyer, a songwriter, and just generally someone with a lot of strong opinions about stuff.