A judge in Michigan summoned attorney Sidney Powell and other lawyers who filed lawsuits in favor of former President Donald Trump’s assertions regarding the 2020 election.
According to court documents filed on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Linda Parker ordered Powell and the other lawyers to appear at a July 6 hearing. Powell launched a number of third-party cases in Michigan and other states.
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The single-line order from Parker stated, “Each attorney whose name appears on any of Plaintiffs’ pleadings or briefs shall be present at the motion hearing planned for July 6, 2021 at 2 p.m. ET in Detroit.”
It was about a lawsuit called King v. Whitmer, which was filed last year and claimed that President Joe Biden’s victory was the product of fraud, and sought Michigan voters to overturn the state’s results certification.
Powell has been contacted by the Epoch Times for comment. On her Telegram page, she hasn’t spoken anything about the situation.
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Last year, Parker sided with Michigan state officials, writing that the relief sought in King v. Whitmer “would disenfranchise the votes of the more than 5.5 million Michigan citizens.”
According to the Detroit Free Press, the other lawyers summons to court are Greg Rohl, Scott Hagerstrom, and Stefanie Junttila.
In January, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, requested the court to punish Powell, claiming that she, Rohl, Hagerstrom, and Junttila had “pursued a frivolous case” in “violation of their oaths as attorneys.” The city of Detroit has also requested the court to penalize Powell in December 2020 (pdf).
In response to a separate defamation complaint, Powell’s lawyers contended (pdf) that her comments about the Nov. 3 election are protected under the Constitution. Powell is a former federal prosecutor who successfully defended retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn.
Powell’s comments to the media concerning the election were of “public concern” and thus not defamatory, according to her lawyers.
Powell’s lawyers stated, “There can be no dispute that the statements at issue here pertain to subjects of public importance.”
According to the documents, the remarks “involve the 2020 presidential election and explicitly target the dependability of the voting equipment and methods used to determine the results of that election.” “The case itself contains a slew of allusions to President Donald Trump’s tweets, public officials’ utterances, the subject of connected litigation, and national media coverage of the issues.”