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Detroit seeks sanctions against ‘Kraken’ attorney for ‘frivolous’ suit

By: - December 16, 2020 8:58 am

The crowd at a Trump Rally outside the Michigan State Capitol Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020 | Anna Liz Nichols

Pro-President Trump attorney and QAnon conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell and other lawyers could face legal sanctions and fines over the Michigan election lawsuit that she describes as “releasing the Kraken.”

Powell is leading a federal suit to decertify Michigan’s election results based on debunked election conspiracy theories, even though results were certified by the Board of State Canvassers on Nov. 23 and the Electoral College voted Monday for President-elect Joe Biden. She has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court after her challenge was rejected and the case isn’t expected to be taken up.

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The city of Detroit filed a motion on Tuesday asking Judge Timothy Kenny to fine Powell and other lawyers, bar them from practicing in the Eastern District in Michigan and refer them to the Michigan bar.

“This is not a legitimate lawsuit; it is a public relations weapon being used to advance the false narrative that our democratic system is broken. This abuse of our legal system deserves the strongest possible sanctions,” the motion reads.

The motion also states: “Plaintiffs and their counsel understood that the mere filing of a suit (no matter how frivolous) could, without any evidence, raise doubts in the minds of millions of Americans about the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election. As this Court noted, ‘Plaintiffs ask th[e] Court to ignore the orderly statutory scheme established to challenge elections and to ignore the will of millions of voters.’”

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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 21-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 4,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 70 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

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