Usually, we discover our most specious authorized filings in the pro se ranks, however 2021 (nèe 2020) loves proving these are uncommon occasions. Paul Davis, previously of Goosehead Insurance earlier than a little thing like an attempted coup abruptly ended his career there (Davis claims he was “peacefully protesting” and by no means entered the Capitol), is exhibiting that sure, attorneys can get caught up in wild conspiracy theories. Maybe Lin Wood and Sidney Powell actually are trailblazers.
Davis, together with Kellye SoRelle — a lawyer and failed candidate for the Texas House of Representatives — filed a grievance yesterday in federal court docket within the Western District of Texas. The grievance has a number of outlandish claims and appears destined to be thrown out of court docket. Filed on behalf of Latinos for Trump, Blacks for Trump, as well as a sequence of particular person plaintiffs, the grievance claims it “is not a 2020 presidential election fraud lawsuit” (certainly, it throws its authorized predecessors in loopy election lawsuits under the bus, saying in a footnote, “This is not a Sidney Powell lawsuit. This is not a Rudy Giuliani lawsuit. This is not a Lin Wood lawsuit. This is not a Team Trump lawsuit. This is not a Republican lawsuit. This is not a Democrat lawsuit.”) however still seeks to have a federal decide throw out the outcomes of the election.
The grievance alleges that defendants — each single member of the 117th Congress, each state governor and secretary of state, and Mark Zuckerberg, as a result of… causes — made adjustments to election legal guidelines upfront of the 2020 election in violation of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) which resulted in civil rights violations. It asks that every one actions of the brand new Congress — together with certification of Joe Biden’s win and the second impeachment of Donald Trump — be invalidated.
Adding to its pie-in-the-sky wishlist, the grievance additionally asks the court docket to bar the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or another federal company from taking both Davis or SoRelle into custody for his or her actions on January sixth “absent a showing for good cause by clear and convincing evidence that said counsel committed some overt and intentional act of violence that directly resulting in substantial injury to the person of another.” As if that’s the authorized commonplace for arrests. It’s cute how they’re simply pushing forward like illegal entry and trespass aren’t a factor you may get arrested for.
Anyway, the complete grievance is a wild journey, and obtainable in full under.
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