Trump suffers more major legal blows in ongoing efforts to deny reality

first_imgThat’s not all Trump lost Friday! The chief judge of Michigan’s Third Judicial Circuit rejected the campaign’s attempt to stop certification in Wayne County. Chief Judge Timothy Kenny wrote “It would be an unprecedented exercise of judicial activism for this Court to stop the certification process of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers.” The challenge came from Republican poll watchers who had a litany of complaints about the counting process and its supposed lack of transparency. Their attorney went so far as to complain to the court about the county’s “so-called COVID regulations, whatever those are.”That didn’t go over well. “No formal challenges were filed,” Kenny noted. “However, sinister, fraudulent motives were ascribed to the process and the City of Detroit. Plaintiffs’ interpretation of events is incorrect and not credible.” He wrote “The Court cannot defy a legislatively crafted process, substitute its judgment for that of the Legislature, and appoint an independent auditor because of an unwieldy process. In addition to being an unwarranted intrusion on the authority of the Legislature, such an audit would require the rest of the County and State to wait on the results.”This. Is. Over. And at some point, some judge is going to lose her shit over yet another conspiracy-theory fueled nuisance lawsuit coming from Team Trump and start putting some lawyers in jail for contempt of the rule of law. I hope, anyway. In the meantime, I’m just going to enjoy the humiliation they’re receiving in the real world.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – A federal appeals court isn’t going to help him, either. That’s the second blow. A three-judge panel of the Third Circuit rejected a Republican appeal challenging Pennsylvania’s ballot receipt deadline and to block all ballots received November 4-6 from being counted. The state Supreme Court allowed the deadline extension in light of the coronavirus crisis, meaning that ballots postmarked on or before Election Day arriving by the Friday after would be counted. The appeals judges, led by Chief U.S. Circuit Judge Brooks Smith, noted the “unprecedented challenges” facing the nation, particularly the “vast disruption” from the pandemic. Smith wrote the court sought to uphold “a proposition indisputable in our democratic process: that the lawfully cast vote of every citizen must count.” Former U.S. Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal provides context in what he calls “a huge loss for Trump” and “a very big deal.” He notes that Chief Judge Smith is a Reagan/Bush judge, and he was joined by “legendary conservative Reagan nominee” Judge Anthony Scirica.Trump still sort of has a shot with the U.S. Supreme Court, which Republicans have asked to review the issue. That these two prominent judges slapped down the challenge so hard, and with Trump having lost beyond the margin for a recount, and there not being enough late-arriving ballots at issue—about 9,300—there is no chance that Trump can win the state on votes. It would be a massive stretch for five Supreme Court justices to erase a 60,000 vote majority for Biden and decide the state had to be handed to Trump. Even this Supreme Court. Four might do it, which is terrifying enough. But damn.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Badminton coach Hendry Saputra has COVID-19 symptoms

first_imgPBSI secretary-general Achmad Budiharto confirmed Hendry’s status on Tuesday, saying that his association had taken immediate action according to the procedure as soon as Hendry complained about his health. The PBSI isolated all the individuals who had been in direct contact with the coach and closed the Cipayung training camp in East Jakarta to outsiders.“It’s true that Hendry is now under observation but he still needs to undergo a series of COVID-19 tests. We have received a report from the medical team that Hendry is waiting for a swab test to determine whether he has COVID-19,” Achmad said in a statement, adding that Hendry was currently being treated at PELNI Hospital in West Jakarta.Read also: Athletes find way to cope with boredom during social distancingOne member of the PBSI’s medical team, Octaviani, said the initial symptoms suffered by Hendry included fever, a limp and nausea. The head coach of Indonesia’s men’s singles badminton team Hendry Saputra is showing symptoms of COVID-19.Hendry is among the 24 players, coaches and officials currently undergoing self-quarantine after arriving from the All England tournament last week.The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) said the coach, who directly handles talents such as Anthony Ginting and Jonatan Christie, had complained about his deteriorating health on the seventh day after arriving from England.   “After conducting a CT scan, [we] found spots in his lungs, whereas coach Hendry doesn’t have a history of lung disease. To determine whether he is COVID-19 positive, we have to conduct a swab test, and we are still waiting for that [test],” she said.The PBSI will also report the case to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) through its International Relation division head Bambang Roedyanto, since Hendry was part of the squad deployed to All England.Achmad went on to advise all the players who reside outside the training camp not to visit the headquarters until the end of this week.Read also: Indonesia’s men’s badminton team pulls off Asia Team Championships hat trickThe PBSI’s development and achievement department head Susi Susanti said the training program had been adjusted due to the current situation.“We are continuing to train, but we have adjusted the program with the athletes’ health in mind. We are trying to maintain the performance. The training schedule has been arranged so that not all players train together. We have also advised athletes to keep their distance from one another,” she said.The East Jakarta Health Agency visited the PBSI headquarters in Cipayung to give information regarding the symptoms of COVID-19 and the first treatment that should be given to anyone suspected of having contracted the virus. The agency has also listed people who have been in direct contact with Hendry. Topics :last_img read more