WASHINGTON D.C. — (12-11-20) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected the lawsuit brought by Texas to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s election win, delivering a devastating blow to the long-shot legal defense campaign waged by President Donald Trump and his allies since his electoral defeat.
The Supreme Court ruling was a repudiation to Donald Trump, as well as the 18 GOP state attorneys general and 126 House Republicans who had the nerve to back the crackpot lawsuit.
The challenge sought to nullify Biden’s wins in Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania — key battleground states that he won while amassing 306 electoral votes.
In a unsigned brief order issued Friday by the court, rejecting the petition, the court made clear its view that Texas lacked the legal right to litigate over how other states conduct their elections.
“Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections,” the ruling states. “All other pending motions are dismissed as moot.”
Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito wrote a dissenting statement expressing their view that the court is obligated to hear interstate disputes. Aside from this jurisdictional disagreement, however, those two more conservative justices indicated they joined the court’s seven other members in siding against Texas.
“In my view, we do not have discretion to deny the filing of a bill of complaint in a case that falls within our original jurisdiction,” wrote Justice Alito, joined by Justice Thomas. “I would therefore grant the motion to file the bill of complaint but would not grant other relief, and I express no view on any other issue.”
The Friday order comes after the justices earlier this week tossed a similar request from Trump-allied Pennsylvania Republicans to nullify Biden’s certified victory in the Keystone State — a state Biden won by more than 81,000 ballots.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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