They were neck-deep in the Steele Dossier scandal, but they just got their knuckles rapped for a different ethics violation. One that connected to the 2020 elections.
Texas courts caught on to their scheme and were not amused. But first, let’s introduce you to the firm whose knuckles got rapped.
Remember way back in 2016, when Hillary Clinton’s campaign hired a law firm to take down Trump, and they hired a Clinton-connected British Spy who used Russian disinformation and FBI/CIA/Diplomatic connections to whip up what eventually became the Steele Dossier and the Crossfire Hurricane scandal?
The law firm Team Clinton ran that through was Perkins Coie. Well, guess what?
Perkins Coie is exactly the reason that not every objection to the 2020 results can be weighed on the same merits. Perkins Coie, as this story will show, was actively using the courts to illicitly manipulate election rules themselves in ways that would advantage the Democrats. That’s a separate and very different objection to other lines of questioning, like bogus ballots.
Texas was NOT the only place this law firm was up to their shenanigans.
Perkins Coie brought in more than $1 billion in revenue for the first time in 2020, a year driven by a tech boom and a sprawling effort to beat back voting restrictions and post-election challenges on the behalf of the Democratic Party. — AmericanLawyer
Jones Day, go-to counsel for the GOP, has billed the Republican Party $12.1 million since 2019, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. Perkins Coie has received roughly $41 million in legal fees from various Democratic organizations over the same time span. –AmericanLawyer
Their name came up again when Pelosi was fighting to flip the results in Iowa in her party’s favor. She was opposing the confirmed election results at the same time as she was condemning Trump for casting doubt on election results that advantaged Republicans. So much for integrity — election or otherwise.
In case there was still any confusion, here is a headline and subhead from a NYT article in September of 2020:
In the Most Litigated Election Ever, Early Democratic Wins but Few Clear Signals
Democrats won some important legal battles in the critical states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. But the legal wars over the 2020 election are just getting going.
What exactly did Perkins Coie do in Texas?
They filed a case on February 10, 2021, in which they tried to get the election rules in Texas changed concerning straight-ticket voting.
Why was that a problem?
They had already filed and lost the exact same case in September of 2020 (when they were very busy filing all over the country).
Texas AG Paxton sent a presser:
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ordered sanctions against Marc Elias and other attorneys at Perkins Coie, an international law firm that provides counsel for the Democratic National Committee, for submitting redundant and misleading supplemental filings in their attempt to re-implement straight-ticket voting in Texas. When submitting the supplemental filings, Perkins Coie also failed to notify the Court that a nearly identical previous motion was denied. Failure to disclose this denial violated their duty of candor to the Court. The Court also recommended that Perkins Coie attorneys review the Court’s rules of professional conduct and complete one hour of Continuing Legal Education in the area of Ethics and Professionalism, specifically candor with the court.
“Elias has no valid explanation for the misleading submissions to the Fifth Circuit. Even when they were notified that they violated ethical rules, they refused to withdraw their motion. They were aware of their violations and blatantly chose to ignore them,” said Attorney General Paxton. “I thank the Court for issuing these much-needed sanctions. Perkins Coie cannot continue to mislead the Court, especially in a matter as important as election integrity.”
A full copy of the sanctions handed down by the court can be found here.
Here are screenshots of some of the juicy bits:
These lines stood out as well:
The tone of the court’s judgment suggests that they knew, or ought to have known, that what they were doing was out of order, but they did it anyway and is confirmed by sanctions being put in place in response to the likelihood that the court needed to deter other such unreasonable and vexatious litigations.
Double damages of the legal fees are being awarded against the Perkins Coie law firm.
The ruling also uses a variation of one of the left’s favorite social media slapdowns… usually worded as ‘educate yourself’.
Good to see someone is still standing up to these behemoth law firms. We’re going to need more of this if we don’t want them to California the whole flippin’ country.
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