Judge Imposes Sanctions On Michigan GOP Chair Karamo After Baseless Election Lawsuit

DEARBORN, MI - October 30: Kristina Karamo, Republican Secretary of State candidate for Michigan, looks on during the Unite America rally at Fairlane Banquet Center in Dearborn, Michigan on October 30, 2022. (Photo b... DEARBORN, MI - October 30: Kristina Karamo, Republican Secretary of State candidate for Michigan, looks on during the Unite America rally at Fairlane Banquet Center in Dearborn, Michigan on October 30, 2022. (Photo by Nic Antaya for The Washington Post via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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A judge this week ordered the Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Kristina Karamo and six others to pay more than $58,000 in legal fees racked up by the Detroit clerk’s office as it fought a lawsuit filed by the party last year claiming — without evidence — that there was wrongdoing in Detroit’s election.

In the Monday order, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny said the October 2022 lawsuit was “rife with speculation, an absence of facts and a lack of understanding of Michigan election statutes and Detroit absentee ballot procedures.”

At the time of the lawsuit, Karamo, who was the lead plaintiff on the case, was running as the Republican nominee for secretary of state. Two weeks after the lawsuit was filed, Karamo lost the election to incumbent Democrat Jocelyn Benson by a double-digit margin. Months later, she was elected as the state GOP chair.

“Plaintiffs merely threw out the allegation of ‘corruption in Detroit’ as the reason for disregarding the Michigan Constitution in this state’s largest city,” Kenny’s order read, according to local reports.

The judge dismissed the lawsuit — which asked the judge to require residents of Detroit to vote in person or obtain their absentee ballots in person at the clerk’s office — the day before the Nov. 8 election, saying that in “over an eight-hour evidentiary hearing, no evidence of election law violations” was revealed.

Kenny retired after the case but later came out of retirement to preside over Detroit City Clerk’s Janice Winfrey’s request for sanctions against those behind the lawsuit.

“We appreciate Judge Kenny’s hard work addressing this frivolous lawsuit, and we are grateful that he returned from retirement to consider our motion for sanctions,” city clerk’s attorney David Fink said Tuesday, according to the Detroit News. “When a baseless lawsuit is filed to interfere with the good work done by Detroit’s City Clerk, there should be consequences.”

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  1. “rife with speculation, an absence of facts and a lack of understanding of Michigan election statutes and Detroit absentee ballot procedures.”

    Well, she is a republican.

  2. Is that $58,000 a piece, or $58,000 divided between the six people? If its the six of them…big whoop-dee-doo. Symbolism only gets you so far. Make it really hurt to bring about knowingly frivolous lawsuits, why don’t ya? That woman btw is batshit cray-cray. I live in MI so I know.

  3. Good.

    Too bad there isn’t punitive damages (that hurt) to dissuade these corrupt idiots from trying to peddle this bullshit.

  4. With Trump as their herald, they really have gone all-in on resurrecting the Know-Nothings. Time and time again, they are losing court cases and legislative maneuvers because they ignore/don’t know basic procedural motions and work under the assumption that the provable facts don’t matter. Allowing the judge, or the Democrats, to hand them their asses for their trouble.

  5. I’m not sure there’s anything punitive that can redeem these nutjobs.

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