In another dramatic reversal of the see-saw court decisions winding their way toward inevitable conclusion at the US Supreme Court, a Pennsylvania judge issued an injunction ordering the state’s Democrat officials not to certify the election results until after Thanksgiving.
Commonwealth Judge Patricia McCullough said the court would hold a hearing on Friday in the lawsuit brought by GOP lawmakers and candidates who said Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and Gov. Tom Wolf, both Democrats, violated its constitution by circumventing the legislature over mail-in voting changes.
“Act 77 is the most expansive and fundamental change to the Pennsylvania voting code, implemented illegally, to date,” the lawsuit said, according to the Epoch Times.
According to the Associated Press, Pennsylvania had already certified its results and awarded its 20 electors to Democrat Joe Biden.
But McCullough’s ruling presumably negates the move.
“To the extent that there remains any further action to perfect the certification of the results of the 2020 General Election for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States of America, respondents are preliminarily enjoined from doing so, pending an evidentiary hearing to be held on Friday,” the judge wrote.
“Respondents are preliminarily enjoined from certifying the remaining results of the election, pending the evidentiary hearing.”
Meanwhile, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the lead attorney overseeing President Donald Trump’s legal challenges, headed to Gettysburg for a hearing to discuss election issues and irregularities.
The Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee was conducting the hearing, and Giuliani was participating at the request of Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano.
Following speculation that Trump himself might attend, the president shut down the reports.
Trump’s appearance was never confirmed or announced by the White House. But the Federal Aviation Administration had placed a flight restriction over the area, and Giuliani had teased it was a possibility in a radio interview with New York radio station AM 970 en route to the event.
It is unclear whether Trump’s decision was related to health concerns or other conflicts.
Boris Epshteyn, one of the members of the legal team, announced Wednesday he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
The AP claimed that Epshteyn may have contracted it at a press conference last week, during which Trump’s legal team offered its “opening arguments” in the court of public opinion.
Giuliani’s son, who works at the White House, announced that he had tested positive a day after attending the event.