Letters, Nov. 24
Lawsuits require evidence
If one had any doubts about the prospects for the multiple lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign in the last few weeks, they should have heard one of a young woman lawyer’s comment to a reporter during Rudy Giuliani’s press conference last week. She chastised a reporter, who asked what evidence did they have to support the particular case Giuiliani was talking about, by telling him he didn’t understand the legal process by asking such a question.
As a former Article II appellate judge who has participated in over 6,000 criminal cases, I wondered what legal process she was talking about, because, in my experience, if you don’t have evidence, the “process” will be over very quickly.
I wonder if the people who contributed to the campaign realize how much of that money is paying lawyers to file frivolous lawsuits. I’ve read Giuliani is charging $20,000 a day. I haven’t heard what the young woman attorney is charging, but it’s too much.
James E. Orr
Pity for honest conservatives
The GOP has devolved from being a legitimate political party into a Trumpian cult.
Its symbol has long been, and remains, an elephant. Now it is made up mainly of a variety of other “-phants”: standard syco-phants (political appointees with no qualifications other than campaign contributions); psycho-phants (their leader and his buddy Rudy); sicko-phants (with their pickup trucks, MAGA hats and displays of weaponry); and a coterie of sucko-phants (the Trump family and FOX “news”).
Imagine how embarrassing and difficult it must be for honest conservatives who no longer have a dedicated political party that is capable of using truth, critical thinking skills, and compromise to advance what in the past had been such a positive and balancing influence on our nation.
In defense of Trump’s legal team
After President Trump’s legal team’s presentation regarding their inquiry into alleged widespread voter fraud, left-leaning media outlets immediately cried “Conspiracy theory. No evidence!”
As a retired FBI agent with courtroom experience in many complex financial fraud cases, I can affirm that in such prosecutions you never announce your evidence pre-trial, except to a grand jury for indictment. Complex fraud cases often charge violations of the conspiracy statute along with criminal violations; thus, such cases can correctly be called a “conspiracy theory”.
Trump’s legal team knows it must prove sufficient illegal votes in enough states to reverse the election and demonstrate “systemic fraud” throughout the country. The team alleges it can show a coordinated pattern of specific fraudulent activities in several battleground states occurring at similar times in the course of vote counting such as suspension of counting, removal of poll watchers, arrival of suspect ballots, spikes in large numbers entered in the computer, and specific problems with the algorithm used by each state to count and record votes.
Fair elections, the rock upon which our Democratic-Republic stands, are in jeopardy. Trump understands voter trust in our elections is as important for the country as is a reversal for him.