Pennsylvania high court rejects Trump lawsuit challenging US election
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the highest court in the US state, rejected a lower court's order that prevented some 2.5 million mail-in ballots in the state from being thrown out, the latest lawsuit filed by Republican allies of President Donald Trump attempting to thwart President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
The state high court, in a unanimous decision, rejected the three-day-old order, saying the underlying lawsuit was filed months after the expiration of a time limit in Pennsylvania’s expansive year-old mail-in voting law allowing for challenges to it.
The court’s judges also remarked on the lawsuit's staggering demand that an entire election be overturned retroactively.
“They have failed to allege that even a single mail-in ballot was fraudulently cast or counted,” Justice David Wecht wrote in a concurring opinion.
The state's attorney general, Democrat Josh Shapiro, called the court's decision “another win for Democracy.”
Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, meanwhile, have repeatedly claimed that Democrats falsified mail-in ballots to steal the election from Trump. Biden beat Trump by more than 80,000 votes in Pennsylvania, a state Trump had won in 2016.
The week-old lawsuit had challenged the state's mail-in voting law as unconstitutional.
Republican plaintiffs had sought to either throw out the 2.5 million mail-in ballots submitted under the law — most of them by Democrats — or to wipe out the election results and direct the state's Republican-controlled Legislature to pick Pennsylvania's presidential electors.
Attempts to thwart the certification of the US election have
already failed in courts in Georgia, Michigan and Arizona.