WASHINGTON, Sept.8 (Reuters) – Michigan officials on Wednesday demanded that lawyers who filed an unsuccessful lawsuit to overturn former President Donald Trump’s election defeat in the state pay around $ 200,000 for reimburse legal and related costs.
U.S. District Judge Linda Parker ruled last month that Michigan state and local election officials were entitled to reimbursement for their legal fees, but has yet to determine the exact amount. The judge will now consider the $ 200,000 request to determine if it is reasonable.
Most of the $ 200,000 was claimed by the city of Detroit, which spent about $ 180,000 on a private law firm in the case. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office asked for about $ 20,000.
Parker ordered reimbursement as part of sanctions against lawyers which included Sidney Powell, a former Trump campaign lawyer, and prominent litigator Lin Wood.
Trump’s lawyers sued in Michigan last year to overturn Democratic President Joe Biden’s election victory over Trump. Parker suggested that they might deserve to lose their law licenses.
Parker said in his Aug. 25 ruling that pro-Trump lawyers should have investigated the former Republican president’s election fraud allegations more carefully before filing what Parker called a “frivolous” lawsuit.
Parker, who dismissed Michigan’s lawsuit in December, has formally called on disciplinary bodies to investigate whether pro-Trump lawyers should have their legal licenses revoked. The judge also ordered lawyers to attend classes on the ethical and legal requirements for filing legal claims.
“This trial represents a historic and profound abuse of the judicial process,” Parker said in his ruling, adding that the case “was never a case of fraud – it was about undermining the people’s faith in our democracy. and degrade the judicial process to do so. “
Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Stephen Coates
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