As I was preparing this blog, the Supreme Court denied the case based on standing. It simply says that Texas can not sue other states for the way they conduct their elections. So, it is much to do about nothing, as have all the other cases on election fraud, filed and dismissed in the past four weeks. Before a claim can be made in the Supreme Court, it must be established that the court is the right place to resolve a dispute.
The only question, I have, is whether Ken Paxton will win a pardon from Donald Trump. Paxton has not been convicted of any crimes, but is currently under federal investigation for allegedly using his office to illegally benefit a wealthy donor. Members of Paxton’s staff made the allegations and called for a probe of their now-former boss. He is been under indictment for felony securities fraud. A pardon will not apply to state charges. Is a lawsuit that lasts 5 days, and is thrown out, with 5 sentences, be enough?
The US Supreme Court is composed of nine justices who have lifelong appointments. This is such a blessing, passed down from our founders, and rooted in our constitution, designed specifically to keep the justices independent from the politics of the time and solely focused on the application of law.
The responses are blistering (CNN words) from the reply briefs:
“Let us be clear. Texas invites this court to overthrow the votes of the American people and choose the next President”
“Texas proposes an extraordinary intrusion into Wisconsin’s and the other defendant states’ elections, a task that the Constitution leaves to each state, … Wisconsin has conducted its election and its voters have chosen a winning candidate for their state. Texas’s bid to nullify that choice is devoid of a legal foundation or a factual basis.”
“’None are more conscious of the vital limits on judicial authority than are the members of this Court,
and none stand more in admiration of the Constitution’s design to leave the selection of the
President to the people, through their legislatures, and to the political sphere.’ quoting from Bush vs Gore.”