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Supreme Court denies rehearing request by attorneys sanctioned for meritless 2020 election lawsuit

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a rehearing request for Sidney Powell and several other attorneys seeking to overturn sanctions imposed against them for filing a meritless challenge to the November 2020 presidential election. The Supreme Court previously denied petitions for certiorari filed by the attorneys in February.

In June of 2023, a panel of the Sixth Circuit upheld the monetary and disciplinary sanctions imposed against the attorneys by U.S. District Court Judge Linda V. Parker in August of 2021. In her opinion granting the sanctions, Parker wrote, “This lawsuit represents a historic and profound abuse of the judicial process. It is one thing to take on the charge of vindicating rights associated with an allegedly fraudulent election. It is another to take on the charge of deceiving a federal court and the American people into believing that rights were infringed, without regard to whether any laws or rights were in fact violated. This is what happened here."

“The actions of Sidney Powell and others were meritless and political, with a total disregard for the oaths they took as attorneys,” said Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.  

The Department of Attorney General will now begin pursuing payment of the sanctions the attorneys owe the State of Michigan.

Filing deadline for candidates seeking office in 2024 elections April 23

April 23 is the filing deadline for certain candidates seeking office in 2024 to appear on the Aug. 6 primary ballot.?Candidates must submit their filing paperwork by 4pm.

The April 23 deadline applies to the following:

• Nominating petitions and non-incumbent Affidavits for Court of Appeals, Circuit Court, District Court, and District Probate Court.

• Nominating petitions and Affidavits for partisan candidates for state House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, and U.S. Senate.

All probate judge candidates, some U.S. House of Representatives, and some House candidates, whose districts are wholly contained in a county, must file with their county clerk, not the Bureau of Elections.

The Bureau of Elections recommends that candidates filing at the state level set up an appointment through the Michigan Secretary of State online appointment system.

Additional information is available online at www.michigan.gov/sos/elections or by emailing MDOS-File-Canvass@michigan.gov.

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