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AG?Nessel files motion in case against Sidney Powell

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a motion to include new information in a case involving three Michigan attorneys and one Texas attorney who pursued a frivolous lawsuit in an effort to disenfranchise Michigan’s voters and undermine public trust in the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.   

The new filing seeks to bring forward relevant statements made by Texas attorney Sidney Powell in a motion she filed in a case involving Dominion Voting Systems.  Powell made multiple stunning admissions regarding her own statements, even going so far as to say, “no reasonable person would conclude that the statements were truly statements of fact.”

In January, Nessel filed a motion for sanctions against Michigan attorneys Greg Rohl, Scott Hagerstrom and Stefanie Junttila, along with Sidney Powell, for pursuing the case that was frivolous and practically moot from its inception.  That motion, filed with federal Judge Linda Parker of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, seeks to recover attorneys fees totaling approximately $11,000. 

“These attorneys seemingly made statements they knew were misleading in an effort to further their false and destructive narrative,” said Nessel.  “As lawyers, fidelity to the law is paramount.  These individuals worked to further conspiracy theories in an effort to erode public trust in government and dismantle our systems of democracy.  Their actions are inexcusable.” 

Court filings in King v. Whitmer, which sought to overturn President Joe Biden’s electoral victory in Michigan, were legally frivolous and supported by false evidence. The court swiftly denied the plaintiffs any relief on numerous grounds. Similar lawsuits were filed in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin and Arizona, and all failed. Attorneys Powell and Junttila went so far as to brazenly lie in a filing to the U.S. Supreme Court, claiming that the Michigan Legislature had endorsed competing slates of
Republican and Democratic electors, when in reality, the Legislature’s leaders stood by the slate of electors chosen by Michigan’s voters.


SBM offers ‘Critical Conversation: Pipeline Programs and COVID-19’

The next program in the State Bar of Michigan’s Critical Conversation series will focus on pipeline resources and the COVID-19 pandemic. “Critical Conversation: Pipeline Programs and COVID-19” will be presented Thursday, April 8, beginning at noon.
Anyone involved with a program that helps young people considering a legal career should join for this discussion and resource-sharing opportunity. Whether organizations pivoted to virtual events or put a program on hold during the pandemic, the SBM is bringing stakeholders from across Michigan together to share lessons learned and strategize about how to move forward with this crucial work. This one-hour discussion will be held via Zoom and feature a panel of experts and an open forum for participants.

The Critical Conversation series was developed by the State Bar of Michigan’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee to raise awareness about aspects of the justice system that disproportionately affect certain groups.

To register for this event, visit www.michbar.org/news/viewevent/eid/1833.

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