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Afternoon Briefs: SCOTUS won't decertify PA election results; 2 election suits by Sidney Powell are tossed

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Supreme Court rejects challenge to Pennsylvania election results

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an emergency request to overturn election results in Pennsylvania that favored President-elect Joe Biden. Today is the “safe harbor” deadline for states to choose electors they can ensure will be accepted by Congress. The Supreme Court left intact a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision rejecting a challenge to the use of mail-in ballots in the state. (U.S. Supreme Court order, Politico, the Washington Post, the New York Times)

Federal judges reject 2 election suits by Sidney Powell

The former Trump campaign lawyer who vowed to “release the kraken” with her election challenges has lost lawsuits seeking to overturn election results in Georgia and Michigan. The judges said the suits filed by Sidney Powell were filed too late, and the plaintiffs did not have standing. “This case represents well the phrase: ‘This ship has sailed,’ ” wrote U.S. District Judge Linda Parker in the Michigan case. (ABC News, Reuters, Politico)

Second Trump lawyer reportedly has COVID-19

Several publications are reporting that a second lawyer for the Trump campaign, Jenna Ellis, has tested positive for COVID-19. The stories are based on anonymous sources. The other lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said Tuesday he was doing fine, and he thinks that he will be released from the hospital Wednesday. (Axios, Politico, CNN, the New York Times, Forbes)

Fox Rothschild will merge with boutique firm

Fox Rothschild is merging with a 21-lawyer boutique law firm in San Francisco. The merger with Greene Radovsky Maloney Share & Hennigh will take place Jan. 1. (The Legal Intelligencer, Fox Rothschild press release)

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