Officials in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia have urged the Supreme Court to throw out the Texas lawsuit that seeks to overturn election results in the four key battleground states won by Joe Biden.
The condemnations of the lawsuit were filed as 106 House Republicans gave the case their backing, joining a brief to be filed in support of the Texas attorney general’s action, which alleges “the election of 2020 has been riddled with an unprecedented number of serious allegations of fraud and irregularities,” having been usurped by governors, state courts, and election officials.
Meanwhile, president-elect Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris were named Time magazine’s 2020 Person of the Year, being chosen ahead of Dr Anthony Fauci, the Black Lives Matter movement and Donald Trump.
States targeted in Texas lawsuit urge Supreme Court to reject case
Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsion urged the Supreme Court to reject the lawsuit filed by Texas disputing Joe Biden’s victory in the four battleground states, arguing the case has no legal or factual basis.
Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania’s Democratic attorney general, said in a filing to the Supreme Court justices that the lawsuit repeated baseless claims that “have already been considered, and rejected in this court and others”.
Chris Carr, Georgia’s Republican attorney general, said the claims in the suit were “novel and far-reaching” and said Texas could not show it had been harmed by election results in other states.
Dana Nessel, Michigan’s Democratic attorney general, said the challenge was “without factual foundation or a valid legal basis” and listed the several cases that Trump and his supporters have lost in Michigan.
Josh Kaul, Wisconsin’s Democratic attorney general, pointed out that Mr Trump had already obtained recounts in the state’s two most heavily Democratic counties, which showed no issue with the results and did not indicate fraud or give any reason to question the reliability of the results.
Liam James11 December 2020 09:16
Brandon Bernard executed after clemency pleas rejected
Brandon Bernard, who was convicted of murder in 1999, has been executed in Indiana after last-minute clemency pleas were rejected by the US Supreme Court.
Bernard, 40, is the youngest offender to be executed by the federal government in nearly 70 years and the first since the 19th century to have been put to death during a presidential transition period.
Bernard told the family of the Iowa couple he killed he was sorry, before being executed by lethal injection on Thursday.
Four more executions are planned before the end of Donald Trump’s presidency and one had already been carried out towards the end of November.
If the remaining four take place, Mr Trump will have overseen the most executions by a US president in more than a century. It would bring to 13 the total of federal executions since July.
Liam James11 December 2020 08:46
Biden and Harris named Time Person of the Year
President-elect Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris have been named 2020 Person of the Year by Time magazine.
The pair were chosen ahead of three other nominees, including frontline health care workers and Dr Anthony Fauci, the Black Lives Matter racial justice movement, and Donald Trump – who Mr Biden defeated in November’s election.
The magazine revealed the cover picture of Mr Biden and Ms Harris with the subtitle: “Changing America’s story”.
Liam James11 December 2020 08:20
Texas lawsuit backed by 106 House Republicans
The Texas lawsuit asking the Supreme Court to invalidate president-elect Joe Biden’s victory has been backed by 106 Republican members of the House of Representatives, along with 17 Republican state attorneys general.
In a filing on Thursday, House Republicans alleged “the election of 2020 has been riddled with an unprecedented number of serious allegations of fraud and irregularities,” having been usurped by governors, state courts, and election officials.
The Texas lawsuit has been described by Mr Trump as “the big one” that “everyone has been waiting for”.
However, legal experts question whether the case meets the requirements to be addressed by the Supreme Court.
Liam James11 December 2020 08:14