• By The Financial District


"The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is denied."

Thus wrote the US Supreme Court (SC) in having rejected a Republican attempt to invalidate president-elect Joe Biden’s win in Pennsylvania by issuing the terse one-sentence order that killed the attempt of Rep. Mike Kelly to scrap 2.5 million mail-in ballots.

Trump lost to Biden in Pennsylvania by 80,000 votes and the state has already certified the results before the safe harbor on December 8, 2020, which mooted the issue raised by Kelly. Earlier, Pennsylvania courts chastised Kelly for filing the case a year after Pennsylvania approved expanded mail-voting, Laurence Hurley reported for Reuters.

Democrats and legal experts laughed off the lawsuit, which hews closely to Trump’s conspiracy theory and evidence-free claims that he was cheated in the elections and that even his own Republican partymates conspired against him. There is practically no chance Trump could subvert the certified results of the November 3 elections, with only Hawaii, New Jersey and Colorado, where Biden drubbed Trump, not yet certifying their election results.

Mark Sherman and Marc Levy also reported for the Associated Press (AP) that Pennsylvania Rep. Conor Lamb sneered at Kelly’s case: “Even Trump appointees & Republicans saw this for what it was: a charade.” In court filings, lawyers for Pennsylvania and Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, had called the lawsuit’s claims “fundamentally frivolous” and its request “one of the most dramatic, disruptive invocations of judicial power in the history of the Republic.” They added: “No court has ever issued an order nullifying a governor’s certification of presidential election results.”