State awarded $ 22,000 in fees for “Kraken” attorney’s sanctions
The state of Michigan received nearly $ 22,000 in sanctions previously awarded against so-called “Kraken” lawyers, who filed frivolous and disinformation-laden complaints in Michigan courts last year in an attempt to to cancel the 2020 presidential election for former President Donald Trump.
“The honorarium also holds accountable lawyers who have worked to distort our democracy in favor of lining their pockets,” Nessel said in a statement Friday. âThese lawyers have shown a blatant disregard for the law and attempted to use the courts to advance a false and destructive narrative.
“While there is probably no amount of money that can repair the damage they caused, I am happy to see these penalties handed down.”
In total, a federal judge ordered the nine lawyers involved in the failed trial to pay penalties of $ 175,250.37. This includes $ 21,964.75 for the state of Michigan and $ 153,285.62 for the city of Detroit.
âThere are consequences to bringing unfounded lawsuits to gain media attention and mislead Americans,â Benson said Friday. “The sanctions imposed in this case bear witness to that, even though the dollar is pale in relation to the damage that has already been done to our nation’s democracy.”
In her 110-page August notice granting the sanctions, Judge Linda Parker of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan wrote that the lawsuit “represents a historic and profound abuse of the judicial process” and “does not should never have been deposited â.
Nessel, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson have requested the expungement of four of the attorneys in the case, namely Michigan attorneys Greg Rohl, Scott Hagerstrom and Stefanie Junttila and Texas attorney Sidney Powell.
Powell is a follower of the QAnon plot, the public face of the “Kraken” lawsuits, and a former lawyer for the Trump campaign. Hagerstrom is the former head of Americans for Prosperity-Michigan and was the director of Trump’s 2016 Michigan campaign.
The failed trial in question had cited unsubstantiated allegations of widespread electoral fraud and other alleged wrongdoing in Michigan’s electoral process in an attempt to nullify President Joe Biden’s victory in the state.
Biden beat Trump in Michigan by more than 154,000 votes, while more than 250 national and local audits have found no evidence of widespread voting or fraud problems.
In the August notice and order first granting the penalties, Parker wrote that lawyers “abused … well-established rules” in litigation by presenting claims not supported by law or evidence, and instead proposing claims based on “unjustified speculation, conjecture and suspicion”, among other misdeeds.
Originally posted Dec 3, 2021 on Michigan Advance. It is shared here with permission.
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