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Tue Nov 23, 2021, 11:23 AM

Federal judge orders pro-Trump lawyers to pay almost $187,000 for their 'abuse of the legal system'




https://www.alternet.org/2021/11/federal-judge-orders-pro-trump-lawyers-to-pay-almost-187000-for-their-abuse-of-the-legal-system/


In December 2020, Colorado-based attorneys Gary D. Fielder and Ernest John Walker filed a class-action lawsuit making the false, totally debunked claim that the presidential election had been stolen from then-President Donald Trump and now, a federal judge is ordering them to pay almost $187,000 to help offset the legal costs of the groups they sued in a meritless lawsuit.

Judge N. Reid Neureiter, according to Washington Post reporter Rosalind S. Helderman, was vehemently critical of Fielder and Walker, saying, "As officers of the court, these attorneys have a higher duty and calling that requires meaningful investigation before prematurely repeating in court pleadings unverified and uninvestigated defamatory rumors that strike at the heart of our democratic system and were used by others to foment a violent insurrection that threatened our system of government. They are experienced lawyers who should have known better. They need to take responsibility for their misconduct."

Fielder and Walker filed their December 2020 lawsuit on behalf of 160 million Trump voters, who they claimed had been wronged by an elaborate plan to steal the election and those targeted in the lawsuit included Facebook (including founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan), Dominion Voting Systems and elected officials in four states. And Neureiter declared that they needed to pay a financial price for wasting the court's time with so frivolous a lawsuit. Fielder and Walker, according to Helderman, are appealing Neureiter's ruling.

Helderman notes, "Their case was dismissed in April. In August, Neureiter ruled that the attorneys had violated their ethical obligations by filing it in the first place, arguing that the duo had run afoul of legal rules that prohibit clogging the courts with frivolous motions and lodging information in court that is not true. At the time, he called their suit 'the stuff of which violent insurrections are made,' alleging they made little effort to determine the truth of their conspiratorial claims before filing them in court."

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I_UndergroundPanther Nov 23 #1
TheRealNorth Nov 23 #2
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malaise Nov 23 #4
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Tue Nov 23, 2021, 11:32 AM

1. Yes!!!

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Tue Nov 23, 2021, 11:39 AM

2. $187,000 is a drop in the bucket to the 1% underwriting them....

But it is good to see some punishment nonetheless.

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Tue Nov 23, 2021, 11:40 AM

3. This makes me smile

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Tue Nov 23, 2021, 11:44 AM

4. Good

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Tue Nov 23, 2021, 11:59 AM

5. Here comes the appeals. On and on and on.

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