Kraken-releasing lawyer Sidney Powell’s primary defense against the $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit filed against her by Dominion Voting Systems basically is that she was just kidding as she traversed the country spreading false stolen election lies on behalf of Donald Trump.
“No reasonable person would conclude that the statements were truly statements of fact,” she stated incredulously. One such “reasonable person” is Michigan federal District Judge Linda V. Parker, who has ordered that Powell, Lin Wood and seven other attorneys who were party to a lawsuit seeking to overturn Michigan’s 2020 presidential vote be disciplined for spreading their lies.In a scathing 110-page opinion issued Tuesday, Parker deemed the Michigan lawsuit “a historic and profound abuse of the judicial process.” This case was never about fraud. “It was about undermining the People’s faith in our democracy and debasing the judicial process to do so.” Parker had held a nearly six-hour long hearing in July where she peppered the lawyers with questions about the mostly non-existent steps that they took verify that the claims they were making could be true.
In her opinion on Wednesday, Parker wrote that the lawyers, acting on behalf of twice-impeached, one-term former president Trump, had violated legal rules that prohibit attorneys from clogging up the courts with frivolous motions or from filing information that is not true.
“Plaintiffs’ counsel’s politically motivated accusations, allegations, and gamesmanship may be protected by the First Amendment when posted on Twitter, shared on Telegram, or repeated on television,” she wrote. “The nation’s courts, however, are reserved for hearing legitimate causes of action.”
She immediately ordered the lawyers to pay the attorney’s fees for their opponents in the case — the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan. She also ordered them to attend legal education classes. And she referred the group to the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission, as well as attorney disciplinary committees in the states where each attorney is licensed practice. In each case, bar disciplinary committees could revoke their licenses to practice law.