The New York Times interviewed officials in all 50 states and said it had reported no irregularities that would affect election results.
This has led some attorneys to conclude that Trump campaign attorneys may be subject to sanctions for filing frivolous lawsuits.
But Michael Downey, a lawyer who teaches legal ethics in St. Louis, said lawyers “are given quite a lot of leeway to pursue claims that may or may not have legal or material basis, even if they have significant public interests like that.” who have won an election fair pass. ” out of the question. “
A lawyer can pursue claims that sound plausible without first conducting their own investigation, Downey said in an email.
Hearne is a former Republican Congressional candidate who has spearheaded a number of political campaigns, including the George W. Bush 2004 presidential campaign. That fall, he filed a lawsuit in Michigan for grants to local electoral bodies in democratic areas of the state.
When asked in 2005 if he believed there was much electoral fraud, Hearne told Post-Dispatch he didn’t know but said, “It would be hard for me to see that you could commit electoral fraud on a plane You can influence a choice only if the choice was within more than 1%, so maybe 2%. “