King v. Whitmer (Certification)

Lawsuit seeking to decertify Michigan's presidential election results, declare Trump the winner, exclude certain absentee and mail-in ballots from tabulation, and direct Michigan's Presidential Electors to vote for Trump, among other demands for relief. The court denied the requested relief in its entirety. Defendants filed motions to dismiss the case and for sanctions against Plaintiffs and their lawyers. After responding to these serious motions, Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their case.

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"Plaintiffs . . . [bring] forth claims of widespread voter irregularities and fraud in the processing and tabulation of votes and absentee ballots. They seek relief that is stunning in its scope and breathtaking in its reach. If granted, the relief would disenfranchise the vote of more than 5.5 million Michigan citizens who, with dignity, hope, and a promise a voice, participated in the 2020 General Election. The Court declines to grant Plaintiffs this relief." - Judge Linda V. Parker


"This case represents well the phrase: 'this ship has sailed.' The time has past to provide most of the relief Plaintiffs request in their Amended Complaint; the remaining relief is beyond the power of any court. For those reasons, this matter is moot." - Judge Linda V. Parker


"Plaintiffs could have lodged their constitutional challenges much sooner than they did, and certainly not three weeks after Election Day and one week after certification of almost three million votes. The Court concludes that Plaintiffs' delay results in their claims being barred by laches." - Judge Linda V. Parker


"[T]he closest Plaintiffs get to alleging that physical ballots were altered . . . is [a statement in an affidavit]: 'I believe some of these workers were changing votes that had been cast for Donald Trump and other Republican candidates.' . . . But of course, 'a belief is not evidence' and falls far short of what is required to obtain any relief, much less the extraordinary relief Plaintiffs request." - Judge Linda V. Parker


"The closest Plaintiffs get to alleging that election machines and software changed votes for President Trump to Vice President Biden in Wayne County is an amalgamation of theories, conjecture, and speculation that such alterations were possible." - Judge Linda V. Parker


". . . Plaintiffs fail to show that a favorable decision from the Court would redress their alleged injury. Moreover, granting Plaintiffs' injunctive relief would greatly harm the public interest. . . . 'Moreover, it would disenfranchise millions of Michigan voters in favor of the preferences of a handful of people who are disappointed with the official results.'" - Judge Linda V. Parker


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Court Filings

Name Filed On Type Status
Complaint 11/25/20 Complaint Filed
Amended Complaint 11/29/20 Complaint Dismissed
Motion for Declaratory, Emergency, and Permanent Injunctive Relief 11/29/20 Motion Denied
Motion to File Affidavits Under Seal 11/29/20 Motion Filed
Order re: Briefing Schedule 12/01/20 Order Filed
Opposition to Motion to Intervene 12/02/20 Opposition Filed
Reply to Opposition to Motion for Declaratory, Emergency, and Permanent Injunctive Relief 12/03/20 Motion Denied
Reply to Opposition to Motion to Seal 12/03/20 Motion Filed
Supplemental Reply to Opposition to Motion for Declaratory, Emergency, and Injunctive Relief 12/04/20 Motion Denied
Order Dispensing with Oral Argument re: Motion for Declaratory, Emergency, and Permanent Injunctive Relief 12/06/20 Order Filed
Notice of Determination of Motion without Oral Argument 12/06/20 Order Filed
Order and Opinion Denying Motion for Declaratory, Emergency, and Permanent Injunctive Relief 12/07/20 Order Filed
Notice of Appeal 12/08/20 Appeal Filed
Appeal to SCOTUS 12/12/20 Appeal Filed
Motion for Extension of Time to Respond to Motion for Sanctions Against Plaintiffs and Plaintiffs' Counsel 01/03/21 Motion Granted
Order Granting Motion for Extension of Time to File Response to Motion for Sanctions 01/05/21 Order Filed
Opposition to Motions to Dismiss and for Sanctions 01/14/21 Opposition Filed
Notice of Voluntary Dismissal 01/14/21 Notice Filed
Notice of Voluntary Dismissal as to MI Democratic Party 01/14/21 Notice Filed
Motion for Voluntary Dismissal as to Defendant Davis 01/17/21 Motion Filed
Opposition to Motion for Sanctions 01/19/21 Opposition Filed
Opposition to Defendant Davis's Motion for Sanctions 01/19/21 Opposition Filed
Notice of Filing Error re: Motion for Voluntary Dismissal 01/21/21 Notice Filed
Supplemental Opposition to Motion for Sanctions, Disciplinary Action, Disbarment, and Referral to State Bar 02/08/21 Opposition Filed