Michigan Democrats call for pro-Trump attorneys Sidney Powell and Lin Wood to be disbarred for spreading 'objectively false allegations'

  • Attorneys working to overturn the 2020 presidential election should be disbarred and fined, said Michigan Democrats in a scathing court filing in Michigan on Tuesday. 
  • Lawyers Sidney Powell, Lin Wood, and others, have filed "so many objectively false allegations" that they should be disciplined, said Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. 
  • "While the First Amendment may protect the right of political fanatics to spew their lies and unhinged conspiracy theories, it does not grant anyone a license to abuse our courts for purposes which are antithetical to our democracy and to our judicial system," they wrote in the filing.
  • "Talk about unfair!" wrote attorney Lin Wood on Twitter.
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Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer and a team of Democrats filed a blistering complaint on Tuesday, asking states to investigate, discipline, and disbar lawyers working with President Donald Trump to overturn election results. 

"While the First Amendment may protect the right of political fanatics to spew their lies and unhinged conspiracy theories, it does not grant anyone a license to abuse our courts for purposes which are antithetical to our democracy and to our judicial system," they wrote in the filing.

They said attorneys working to overturn the election, including Sidney Powell and Lin Wood, should be disbarred in Michigan. They should also each be disciplined or disbarred in others states where they've passed the bar. 

"Talk about unfair!" wrote Wood on Twitter.

The 56-page complaint is the latest development in the King et al v. Whitmer et al case, in Eastern Michigan district court. Since November 25, the two parties have filed about six dozen motions, files, exhibits, and complaints.

Tuesday's complaint also asked the judge, Linda V. Parker, nominated by then-President Barack Obama in 2013, to impose monetary sanctions to "deter future misconduct." 

Along with Whitmer, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, the City of Detroit, the Detroit DNC, and the Michigan Democratic Party signed on to Tuesday's complaint. 

The complaint asked state bars to begin disciplinary action against most members of the team that filed lawsuits alleging fraud in the November 2020 presidential election.

"It is only by responding with the harshest possible discipline that these attorneys and those who would follow in their footsteps will learn to respect the integrity of the court system," said the complaint.

The complaint sought disbarment or discipline for: Powell in Michigan and Texas; Wood in Michigan and Georgia; Greg Rohl in Michigan; Emily Newman in Michigan and Virginia; Brandon Johnson in Michigan and Washington DC; Scott Hagerstrom in Michigan; Howard Kleinhendler in Michigan; and Julia Haller in Michigan, Washington DC, and Virginia. 

"I'm not truly a political person. I don't care who wins provided the process is fair, transparent and consistent with societal expectations," Rohl told Business Insider on Wednesday. 

He said the original complaint filed in Michigan included a laundry list of exhibits demonstrating to "any rational person" that the election had been corrupted. 

"I felt dutibound to bring forward for examination a possible taint upon our democratic principles and ideals. Attempting to punish me for that is reminiscent of a dark age which we should all not soon forget… Germany circa 1931-1945," said Rohl. 

Business Insider contacted Powell and Wood for comment on Wednesday. 

Whitmer and the Democrats said the legal challenges to Biden's election win were "frivolous" and "legally dubious."

"There are so many objectively false allegations in the complaint that it is not possible to address all of them in a single brief," Tuesday's complaint said. 

As such, the Detroit Democrats asked Parker to put in place several new rules for their filings from Powell, Lin, and the others. 

They should have to get a judge's sign-off as certification before new filings, post a $100,000 bond before each filing, and another $100,000 bond before any appeal, according to the complaint. 

Powell and the other lawyers should also be given fines equal to what they've fundraised, the complaint said. They should also have to pay Detroit's legal fees for the cases. 

"Plaintiffs' claims were frivolous from the start, yet they refused to withdraw them when provided the opportunity. As a result, Defendants should be reimbursed for their attorney fees and costs," Whitmer and the Democrats wrote. 

 

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