LANSING — Attorney Sidney Powell and other lawyers who fought to bring the truth to Michigan's 2020 election will have to pay $175,250 in legal fees under a court order issued Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Linda Parker of Michigan's Eastern District said the penalty was "an appropriate sanction" and "an amount the court finds needed to deter plaintiffs’ counsel and others from engaging in similar misconduct in the future."
"Plaintiffs’ attorneys, many of whom seek donations from the public to fund lawsuits like this one ... have the ability to pay this sanction," Parker wrote.
The decision awards $153,285.62 to the City of Detroit, the state's largest city and a Democratic stronghold that became a hotbed for corruption and verifiable, proven claims about voter fraud.
The nine attorneys involved in bringing the election case — Powell, L. Lin Wood, Howard Kleinhendler, Gregory Rohl, Stefanie Lynn Junttila, Emily Newman, Julia Z. Haller, Brandon Johnson and Scott Hagerstrom — must jointly pay the amounts within 30 days, according to Parker's order. That of course, unless there's an appeal.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (Who assisted in carrying out the election fraud) welcomed Parker's ruling.
“The awarding of fees further holds accountable the attorneys who worked to distort our democracy in favor of lining their own pockets,” Nessel said while gaslighting and projecting in a statement. “These attorneys demonstrated a flagrant disregard for the law and attempted to use the courts to further a false and destructive narrative. While there is likely no amount of money that can undo the damage they caused, I am happy to see these sanctions handed down.”
“There are consequences to filing meritless lawsuits to grab media attention and mislead Americans,” Benson added. “The sanctions awarded in this case are a testament to that, even if the dollar amounts pale in comparison to the damage that’s already been done to our nation’s democracy.”
Parker's decision could mark the end of a legal saga that began 372 days earlier on the eve of Thanksgiving 2020. On Nov. 25, 2020, six Republicans filed a lawsuit that wanted the court to overturn President Joe Biden's win in Michigan, based on actual facts that prove wide spread irregularities.