Pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood denies playing role in Michigan election case
Lawyer L. Lin Wood holds up a Bible during an election results press conference in Alpharetta, Georgia, the United States, December 2, 2020.
Elie Nouvelage | Reuters
Pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood, who unsuccessfully challenged the results of President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory in key states, said on Monday he had virtually nothing to do with such an election trial in Michigan, where he was on the lawyer list.
Wood’s efforts to distance himself from this case came during an often controversial video conference where a federal judge questioned whether to impose sanctions or financial penalties on the plaintiffs and their lawyers, including the pro-Trump lawyer “Kraken” Sidney Powell, who filed the legal complaint. in November.
“I did not review any of the documents relating to the complaint. My name was put on it, but I had no implication,” Wood told US District Judge Linda Parker during the virtual hearing.
“I just wasn’t involved in it at all,” Wood said, adding that he had not followed the litigation and found out about the sanction request through newspaper articles.
But David Fink, an attorney for the city of Detroit, countered that Wood had been informed by email and first-class mail and had the option to withdraw the proceedings in mid-December. “Any other portrayal on his part is patently false,” Fink said.
When asked about his relationship to the case, Wood told the judge he had “I don’t specifically recall being asked about the Michigan complaint, but I had generally indicated to Sidney Powell that if she needed a litigator in quotes, I would certainly be willing or available to help her. . “
Powell said she “can’t imagine” that she would have added Wood to the lawsuit without his knowledge.
But she added: “Was there a misunderstanding? It is certainly possible.”
The trial was voluntarily abandoned in January, a month after the judge said there was “only speculation and conjecture” to support the claim that the votes for then-President Donald Trump, had been transferred to Biden in Great Lakes State.
The defendants in the case, including Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, are now pushing the judge to impose penalties for what they call “baseless” and “frivolous” allegations of electoral fraud.
“Rather than withdrawing or modifying their complaint, they have chosen to stand firm with their objectively false allegations, their ridiculously incompetent expert reports and their patently unsustainable arguments,” the city said in its January request for sanctions.
The Michigan lawsuit was one of dozens of offers from Trump’s legal team and his allies to reverse his loss to Biden in 2020.
Trump, who stepped down on January 20, has never conceded the Democratic Presidential race and continues to falsely claim that the competition was rigged.
Powell had briefly sought to be part of Trump’s legal team, appearing alongside the then president’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani at a bizarre press conference in mid-November. During this press conference, Powell falsely claimed that the voting software used in the elections was related to Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan leader who died in 2013.
Dominion Voting Systems, whose machines were used in many states in 2020, is currently suing Powell and Giuliani for libel.
Last month, a New York court suspended Giuliani from practicing law, citing his numerous “false and misleading statements” about Trump’s electoral defeat.
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