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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Hears Bill Cosby’s Sex Assault Case

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania’s highest court questioned Tuesday whether Bill Cosby’s alleged history of intoxicating and sexually assaulting young women amounted to a signature crime pattern, given studies that show as many as half of all sexual assaults involve drugs or alcohol. Cosby, 83, hopes to overturn his 2018 sex assault conviction because the judge let prosecutors call five other accusers who said Cosby mistreated them the same way he did his victim, Andrea Constand. The defense said their testimony prejudiced the jury against the actor and should not have been allowed.

“That conduct you describe — the steps, the young women — there’s literature that says that’s common to 50% of these assaults —

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Pennsylvania Republicans to ask Supreme Court to review case after dismissal: candidate

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has tossed out an election lawsuit to delegitimize mail-in ballots, but Republican congressional candidate Sean Parnell said his team will on Sunday ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case, which questions the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s Act 77.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 77 into law in October 2019, administering no-excuse mail-in voting. Parnell told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday that the state Supreme Court dismissing the case was a “blatant political act.”

“What I’m trying to do is bring a sense of clarity to an election where 50% of the people in the state of Pennsylvania have no clarity,” he said. “And the fact is because they dismissed my case with prejudice, they’re saying that anybody else in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania can challenge the unconstitutionality of Act 77 but me.”

PA. SUPREME COURT DISMISSES REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN’S BID TO TOSS MAIL-IN BALLOTS, HALT

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court election ruling: Trump challenge dismissed

Pennsylvania’s highest court on Saturday night threw out a lower court’s order preventing the state from certifying dozens of contests on its Nov. 3 election ballot in the latest lawsuit filed by Republicans attempting to thwart President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the battleground state.

The state Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, threw out the three-day-old order, saying the underlying lawsuit was filed months after the expiration of a time limit in Pennsylvania’s expansive year-old mail-in voting law allowing for challenges to it.

Justices also remarked on the lawsuit’s staggering demand that an entire election be overturned retroactively.

“They have failed to allege that even a single mail-in ballot was fraudulently cast or counted,” Justice David Wecht wrote in a concurring opinion.

The state’s attorney general, Democrat Josh Shapiro, called the court’s decision “another win for Democracy.”

President Donald Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, meanwhile, have repeatedly and baselessly

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In fresh blow to Trump, U.S. court rejects Pennsylvania election case

(Reuters) -A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an attempt by U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign to block President-elect Joe Biden from being declared the winner of Pennsylvania, dealing another significant setback to Trump’s bid to overturn the Nov. 3 election.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump during a brief appearance in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 24, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so,” wrote Stephanos Bibas on behalf of a three-judge panel.

“Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here,” wrote Bibas, who was nominated by Trump.

The Trump campaign and its supporters have tried and failed to convince judges of election irregularities in Michigan, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada, all critical to Biden’s victory.

“Voters, not lawyers,

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U.S. appeals court rejects Trump campaign’s Pennsylvania election case

(Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a request by U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign to block President-elect Joe Biden from being declared the winner of the battleground state of Pennsylvania, dealing another significant setback to Trump’s bid to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 election.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump during a brief appearance in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 24, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so,” wrote Stephanos Bibas on behalf of a three-judge panel.

“Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here,” he wrote Bibas, who was nominated by Trump. The case could still be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Pennsylvania certified Biden, who won the state’s popular vote, as

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Trump lawyer suggests Pennsylvania win for Biden could be tossed

A lawyer for President Donald Trump’s campaign on Wednesday revealed that the campaign could be relying on pulling off a complicated — and possibly unprecedented — legal and legislative trick shot to undo President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania and possibly in other states.

That far-fetched strategy would require a federal court to invalidate Pennsylvania’s certification of its election results, and then get the state’s General Assembly to agree to send Trump electors to the Electoral College.

The idea is buried in a footnote in a three-page letter that campaign attorney Marc Scaringi wrote to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

The Trump campaign is asking that appeals court to hear its bid to block the effect of Tuesday’s certification of a win for Biden in Pennsylvania.

That state has 20 votes in the Electoral College. Barring any court or legislative intervention, Biden will get those votes,

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Pennsylvania certifies Biden as winner of presidential vote

>> NORMALLY, WE THINK OF THE CERTIFICATION AS MORE OF A FORMALITY GIVEN THEIR ARE SOME ONGOING LAWSUITS IN PENNSYLVANIA I THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN, CERTIFICATION IS CONFIRMATION THAT PENNSYLVANIA’S 20 ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES WILL GO TO JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS. THERE IS STI SOME ONGOING LITIGATION THAT REMAINS, THIS CERTIFICATION IS ASSIGNED THAT PENNSYLVANIA IS GOING THE WAY THE VOTERS CHOSE. >> PENNSYLVANIA REPRESENTED THE TRUE DEMOCRATIC WILL OF ITS RESIDENTS TODAY. >> LATE LAST NIGHT, ALL 67 COUNTIES FINISHED INDIVIDUAL CERTIFICATIONS. THAT WAS PASSED ALONG TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE. AND THEN GOVERNOR TOM WOLF DID THE SAME. THEY HAVE CERTIFIED THE BULK OF THE VOTE BUT STILL NEED TO CERTIFY ADDITIONAL GROUPS OF BALLOTS BEING LITIGATED IN THE COURTS. >> OUR JOB IS TO CERTIFY THE LEGAL VOTES ARE CAST PROPERLY ARE GOING TO BE COUNTED. >> ON MONDAY AFTERNOON, THE SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA CERTIFIED THE … Read More

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Biden certified as winner of Pennsylvania presidential vote

President-elect Joe Biden was certified Tuesday as the winner of the election in Pennsylvania, paving the way to a solid electoral college victory over President Trump.



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After three weeks of vote counting and several ill-fated legal challenges, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Biden won the count by a fairly comfortable margin of about 80,000 votes.

“As required by federal law, I’ve signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” Wolf wrote.

Nevada was also poised to certify a win for Biden as the state’s supreme court approved the results, clearing the way for the appointment by the governor of six electors for the Democrat.

Pennsylvania’s 20 electors, a mix of elected Democrats, party activists and other staunch Biden backers, will meet in the state Capitol on Dec.

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Michigan Certifies and Pennsylvania Tosses Trump Lawsuits

Delusional Trump Supporters Wrong Again

Republican National Committee had urged a delay in Michigan but it was another losing effort as the Board of Canvassers certifies Michigan’s election results.

The board, made up of two Republicans and two Democrats, met Nov. 23 to make the vote count official after all 83 Michigan counties certified their election results, which include Joe Biden’s 2.8% statewide victory over President Donald Trump. The state certification of the more than 5.5 million ballots cast comes after Trump and his attorneys and supporters persistently called for delaying certification. Board of State Canvasser Norman Shinkle abstained from the vote.

Christopher Thomas, a former Michigan Elections Director who came out of retirement to help oversee Detroit’s election process, took questions from the board and said the canvassers don’t have the authority to conduct or order investigations or audits of the count before certification.

Thomas said the board may

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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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