Post-Electoral College Day, Many Legislators, Even Dissenting Judges, Up the Ante
Dec. 15, 2020 (EIRNS)— In the midst of mainstream media and cowardly Republicans proclaiming an “Electoral College” victory for Biden and insisting that President Donald Trump has run out of options, his campaign is making progress on several fronts.
• After six hours of hearings Monday, Dec. 14, the Arizona state Senate judiciary committee announced it will issue subpoenas to inspect and audit counting machines in Maricopa County (Phoenix).
Committee Chairman Eddie Farnsworth said, “There is evidence of tampering, there is evidence of fraud.”
Tom Liddy, Maricopa deputy county attorney, said that he would love to cooperate, but that, since the GOP has an appeal of its ongoing case against Arizona filed before the Supreme Court, the machines might be evidence in litigation, and therefore the legislature has to wait. And, just in case that argument might not fly, a Democratic Party spokesman chimed in that although the committee might have the power to subpoena persons and documents, there was a question as to its power to subpoena objects!
• Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced he was finally acquiescing to a signature audit of absentee ballot envelopes in Cobb County (Marietta), to be commenced immediately. He added, “After the countywide audit, we will look at the entire state.”
• In Michigan, the legislature’s Joint Oversight Committee voted to issue subpoenas to Detroit and Livonia election clerks. This is Wayne County, where two commissioners had been concerned about imbalanced precincts, and had refused to certify. They got harassed for being “racist” and then were tricked into certifying the vote. One of those commissioners had the name of her daughter’s high school revealed on the Election Commission’s public Zoom call, with the threat leveled at her that her daughter’s classmates would now know about her mother’s racism.
In today’s vote in the joint committee, a Democratic state senator voted with the Republicans for the subpoenas.
• Although the Wisconsin State Supreme Court ruled 4-3 against Trump in a case about mail-in ballots Dec. 14, the three minority judges issued dissenting opinions that contained scathing indictments of the majority ruling.
The ruling itself had admitted that there might be merit in three out of the four fraud criteria proposed by Trump’s legal team for invalidating categories of mail-in votes in the Nov. 3 election, but the majority decided to throw out the case with the baseless excuse that the President had filed too late.
Justice Annette Ziegler said the majority was playing a game of “gotcha” by claiming Trump had waited too long. “The majority seems to create a new bright-line rule that the candidates and voters are without recourse and without any notice should the court decide to later conjure up an artificial deadline concluding that it prefers that something would have been done earlier,” Ziegler wrote. “That has never been the law, and it should not be today.”
Another dissenting judge, Patience Roggensack, wrote: “Once again, four justices on this court cannot be bothered with addressing what the statutes require to assure that absentee ballots are lawfully cast. The electorate expects more of us, and we are capable of providing it.”
All of which might be extremely useful material in an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.