Supreme Court Snubs Historic Case

Supreme Court Snubs Historic Case

( – Controversy continues to surround the hotly contested 2020 presidential election. Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers and various election watchdog groups unsuccessfully petitioned the lower courts to review or overturn the results. However, the courts denied the plaintiffs their day in court, citing multiple legal technicalities. Now, the US Supreme Court has snubbed a historic case out of Colorado.

On December 5, the Supreme Court denied the petition for a writ of certiorari in Kevin O’Rourke et al. v. Dominion Voting Systems, Inc., et al., effectively dismissing the case and ending further action in the lower courts.

Lead plaintiff Kevin O’Rourke filed the lawsuit in the US District Court for Colorado on behalf of himself and seven others. The petition claimed that Dominion, Facebook, the Center for Tech and Civic Life, and various government officials acting in their personal capacities, deprived them of their right to vote for president, equal protection, freedom of speech, and due process of law under Title 42 US Code § 1983.

The District Court dismissed the case in April 2021 for lack of standing after the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their claims against the state officials since § 1983 only applies to governmental entities. In August 2021, the Court also granted the defendants’ motions for sanctions.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s ruling in May 2022 and denied the petitioners’ motion for a rehearing the following month. The panel also ordered the petitioners to pay the defendants sanctions totaling $186,922.50.

The Supreme Court issued its order without any comment or indication of how many justices may have voted to hear the case.

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