Attorney Sidney Powell, who failed in a vociferous, multi-jurisdictional bid to argue the 2020 U.S. presidential election, filed a series of documents on Friday evening to attest that she had complied with a court order to take additional training courses. Continuing Legal (CLE). The courts, ordered by a judge, were a form of remediation and rehabilitation for Powell and others who decided to attach themselves to the high-profile and politically controversial legal efforts to eliminate the waste. that of Joe Biden victory.
Among the documents Powell says she reviewed to help comply with the order were what she described as a “detailed demonstration of vote rigging” on YouTube and a “documentary” titled “Hacking Democracy.”
One of the links Powell provided in court, she noted, was to a video that was “inexplicably deleted” from the website where she apparently found it, but she also provided a backup link to attest that the material was indeed still available. elsewhere online.
Powell began the compliance dossier by extolling her virtues as a lawyer through these several biographical paragraphs:
I practiced law for 43 years in the highest tradition of the bar. For more than twenty years I have taught federal practice and defense – trial and appeal – for the Attorney General’s Defense Institute of the United States Department of Justice, the Federal Bar Association, the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Texas Bar, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and many other professional programs across the country. I have taught alongside federal judges from across the country.
I have been lead counsel in over 500 federal appeals resulting in over 180 published decisions, including 350 on behalf of the United States. My overall success rate/win rate on appeal is over about 90%. I have served as president of the Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Association and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. I am a member in good standing of several bars, including the United States Supreme Court, several Federal Courts of Appeals, and the Texas Bar. My CLE requirements were up to date before I attended classes to ensure compliance with this Court’s order.
But then she said “[i]It was difficult to find courts that could comply with this Court’s electoral law order.
Indeed, the judge who ordered Powell and others to take the CLE classes required a certain minimum threshold of six hours of educational material on “election law.” Powell said the materials required by the judge were not easy to spot among the vast landscape of typical CLE offerings available to attorneys.
“Ironically, it appears that every available election law course took place before the 2020 presidential election,” Powell wrote.
“To augment the dearth of CLE courses that deal with election issues,” Powell wrote, “I have also reviewed the following materials.”
In Friday’s filing, Powell explained what she says she learned from some of those documents:
In particular, “Kill Chain” includes interviews with former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey AbramsUnited States Senators Amy Klobucher, Ron Wydenand James Lankford. “Killchain” was released in the spring of 2019. Dr. [J. Alex] Halderman is a recognized voting machine expert and describes how easy it is to hack an election, including changing the results of a presidential election. “Hacking Democracy” features machine and cyber expert Harri Hurstiwho has long worried about the ease with which it is possible to hack into our election machines.
Naturally, Powell did not fair watch videos on election “hacking” and “vote rigging”.
“I have completed the following courses, details of which are attached to this affidavit, in my good faith effort to meet the requirements of the Court Order,” Powell continued.
What followed in the Affidavit of Compliance are warm assurances that Powell attended the 2022 CLE courses titled “Bill of Rights 2021: Litigating the Constitution” (6.75 credit hours), “Voting by Mail, Early Voting and Digitized Election Administration” (2 credit hours), “The New Wave of Cyberattack Techniques is Here” (1 credit hour), “Federal Court Practice 2021” (6.25 credit hours), and “The High Cost of poor legal writing” (1 credit hour), Powell’s filing states.
Powell noted that she was doing the CLE certification “without waiving” her appeal of the underlying sanctions order and without “rendering [the appeal] questionable.”
“For the reasons stated in our brief and in our motion to stay the Sixth Circuit, the court’s order must be set aside in its entirety,” Powell wrote, referring to his appeal attempts to dismiss the court’s denial of district of his efforts, viz. the election. “I complied with the order of this Court out of respect for the courts of the United States of America.”
Other lawyers, including L. Lin Wood, have filed their own compliance documents in this regard. The CLE courses offered by Wood were:
The CLE credits taken by the attorneys were part of a sprawling sanctions order issued by the U.S. District Court judge Linda V. Parker.
Justice Parker, among others, “ordered” the aforementioned lawyers (and several others) “to complete at least twelve (12) hours of continuing legal education on the subjects of the standards of advocacy (at least six hours in total) and electoral law (at least six hours in total) within six months of the decision,” according to an earlier filing in the case.
“[G]Given the flaws in the pleadings, which allege violations of Michigan election law without a thorough understanding of what the law requires, and the number of unsuccessful election lawsuits plaintiffs’ attorneys have filed, the Court concludes that penalties imposed should include mandatory continuing legal education on the subjects of advocacy standards and election law,” Justice Parker wrote on August 25, 2021.
A flurry of filings at the end of this week were provided as evidence that the plaintiffs’ attorneys complied with this order from Judge Parker.
The overall litigation strategy launched by Powell and several other attorneys surrounding the 2020 election was called the “Kraken.” Advocates derived the name from a huge, strong, mythical, many-tentacled creature referenced in Norwegian folklore; the monster has been popularized over the years in some books and movies.
Read Powell’s Affidavit of Compliance below in its entirety, along with several accompanying exhibits and attachments.
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