Day: November 23, 2020

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Republican Lawmakers Were Unwise to Meet with Trump, says UM Law Expert

We’re at an inflection point in GOP efforts to cast doubt on the clear results of the November election. On Monday, the Board of State Canvassers meets at 1 p.m. to certify the results of the election. But it’s unclear whether it will do so.

It’s dangerous for a person who’s clean and wants to stay clean to take a meeting with someone who is willing to cross that line and ask you not to stay clean anymore.” – Richard Primus, University of Michigan Law School.

Late last week, top Republican state lawmakers including state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) met with the president at the White House. It’s not clear exactly what they talked about, but it stands to reason that the subject of disregarding the will of voters and delivering the state’s Electoral College votes to Trump

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Could teen arrested in Mayfair mall shooting face adult charges?

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Wauwatosa police have arrested a 15-year-old boy from Milwaukee in the shooting at Mayfair mall that wounded seven adults and one teen.

Authorities have not released many details about what happened last Friday, saying only that the shooting was the result of an altercation between two groups of people.

Four of the eight who were wounded were bystanders, and several other arrests have been made related to the shooting, Tosa police said.

Under Wisconsin law, the teenage suspect could end up in adult court, depending on the circumstances of the case and the decisions of the prosecutor.

When are children and teens charged in adult court?

In Wisconsin, everyone age 17 and older automatically is charged in adult court.

State law also requires children as young as 10 to be charged as adults for certain serious crimes, at least to start

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Trump appeals Pennsylvania vote case seeking to block Biden

The Trump campaign’s appeal of its devastating loss in federal court in Pennsylvania misspells the word “president” and butchers grammar.

The appeal filed Monday also did not ask an appeals court to reverse its defeat or temporarily block Pennsylvania counties’ certification of votes, which are due later in the day.

Instead, the appeal at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit effectively asks for a do-over of its so-far-botched legal effort to invalidate enough votes in Pennsylvania to overturn a projected victory for President-elect Joe Biden, and a loss for President Donald Trump.

The campaign wants the appeals court to allow it to pursue a second amended lawsuit, which the lower court judge effectively barred them from doing with his ruling Saturday.

The appeal appears to be as much of a long shot as the case on which it is based. But it could speed up what

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ICC allows lawyer to submit responses

An American lawyer representing a Kenyan at the International Criminal Court (ICC) is racing against time to file responses.

Michael Karnavas (pictured) who was appointed on Wednesday to represent lawyer Paul Waweru Gicheru has strict timelines for filing of responses with the issue of Pre-Trial Chamber A’s competence to hear the case against his client being the first on the agenda.

He is to counter the Office of Public Counsel for the Defence (OPCD)’s application challenging the court’s competence by November 27.

Gicheru is accused together with another Kenyan, Philip Kipkoech Bett, of interfering with the witnesses in the post-election violence cases.

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In Karnavas’ in-tray is also written submissions by the prosecution led by Fatou Bensouda on splitting of the lawyer’s case from Bett, and procedural matters pertaining to pre-confirmation proceedings.

The court had ordered the prosecution to file observations on the possibility of splitting the cases by

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District Attorney Race In Oconee And Clarke Has Partisan Element

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

Nov. 3 Vote In Oconee, Clarke Counties
Nov. 3 Vote In Oconee, Clarke Counties (Lee Becker)

James Chafin said repeatedly in appearances during the campaign for District Attorney for the Western Judicial Circuit that he chose to run in the special election without a party label because he wanted to keep party politics out of the courtroom where the District Attorney operates.

Intentionally or not, his decision led to a campaign with strong partisan undertones that has spilled over into the runoff that will take place on Dec. 1 and for which early voting began on Monday morning.

Deborah Gonzalez, who ran as a Democrat and joins Chafin on the ballot in the runoff, was a featured speakers at the Oconee County Democratic Party meeting last Thursday. Chafin wasn’t invited.

Chafin, in turn, is a featured speaker at the Oconee

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Law school deans speak out against baseless attacks on election

As many as half of America’s law school deans — including several in North Carolina — are expected to sign a letter saying continued legal attacks on this month’s election amount to what one called “frivolous attacks on our democracy.”

The letter comes after a parade of unsuccessful lawsuits from President Donald Trump’s legal team challenging the results of the Nov. 3 election. On Monday Michigan certified its election results, dismissing Trump’s complaints about the fairness of the vote and allowing Democrat Joe Biden to claim the state’s 16 electoral votes.

“The thrust of it is that the election was conducted completely fairly and these are baseless and frivolous attacks on our democracy,” Rich Leonard, dean of Campbell University’s School of Law, told the Observer on Monday.

Last Thursday, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and North Carolina native Sidney Powell argued for 90 minutes that Trump had won the

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Georgia recount signature-matching impossible despite demands from Trump, Republicans, says secretary of state

The Trump campaign and high-profile Republicans are demanding that signature-matching be a major part of the recount the president filed for in Georgia, where President-elect Joe Biden beat him by less than one half of a percentage point – but the secretary of state’s office is saying that ship has sailed. 

Because of rules designed to protect voter privacy, ballots in Georgia are separated from their outer envelopes – where the signature is – after they are initially verified. This makes it impossible to reconnect the ballots to their envelopes, and therefore impossible to re-do signature matching after ballots are counted.

“Today, the Trump campaign filed a petition for recount in Georgia,” the president’s legal team said in a statement Saturday. “President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest recount in Georgia, which has to include signature-matching and other vital safeguards. Without signature-matching, this recount would be

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EU thanks Biden for ‘clear support’ amid Brexit dispute with UK

The EU has thanked US president-elect Joe Biden for his “clear support” amid the bloc’s dispute with Britain over Boris Johnson’s controversial Brexit legislation.



Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: US president-elect Joe Biden spoke with European Council President Charles Michel


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US president-elect Joe Biden spoke with European Council President Charles Michel

Brussels launched legal action last month against the prime minister’s Internal Market Bill, which the UK government has admitted could see it breach international law.

The legislation seeks to allow ministers to override parts of Britain’s divorce deal with regards to Northern Ireland, which was agreed last year.

In a phone call on Monday, European Council President Charles Michel congratulated Mr Biden on his victory over Donald Trump in this month’s US election.

Mr Michel also “thanked the president-elect for his clear support regarding the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement the EU concluded with the UK last year”, an EU statement said.



Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: The PM's Internal Market Bill could see the UK breach international law


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The PM’s Internal Market Bill could see the UK

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A false claim of criminal activity is a crime

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) warned on Monday that a false claim of criminal activity, including election fraud, is itself a crime.



Dana Nessel standing in front of a building: Michigan AG warns on election fraud claims: A false claim of criminal activity is a crime


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Michigan AG warns on election fraud claims: A false claim of criminal activity is a crime

Through a tweet, Nessel responded to former state Sen. Patrick Colbeck’s (R) comments during a Michigan Board of Canvassers meeting that ended with the state’s election results being certified.

Colbeck faced questions during the meeting about whether he had brought his allegations of voter fraud to the state attorney general.

Nessel confirmed in her Twitter thread that Colbeck “has never made a complaint of election fraud” to the Michigan attorney general’s office.

“If he had, we would have fully investigated said claim,” she said.

“Colbeck’s assertions aside, intentionally making a false claim of criminal activity to law enforcement is itself a crime,” Nessel continued. “It’s been my

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Nipomo golf course murder: Santa Maria woman to stand trial

A Santa Maria woman must stand trial on charges related to the killing of a man whose remains were found in a pond at a Nipomo golf course in a case reportedly linked to members of the Aryan Brotherhood.

Kimberly Machleit, 36, has been charged with murder and a sentencing enhancement for use of a firearm in the death of Joseph Govey, 53, of Santa Maria in late 2018.

She is one of three people arrested in connection with the killing, but the only defendant involved in the preliminary hearing held Friday in Santa Maria Superior Court before Judge John McGregor.

At the end of the hearing, McGregor ruled sufficient evidence existed for Machleit to stand trial.

Preliminary hearings allow prosecutors to spell out evidence in a case and typically involve limited presentations from the defense.

However, Machleit’s attorney, deputy public defender Jess McHarrie, suggested self-defense or an accident as

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