A three-person jury from the Third Circle Court of Appeals rejected the Trump campaign, led by Rudy Giuliani, to amend the previously rejected lawsuit.
“The campaign never claims that a ballot was fraudulent or cast by an illegal voter,” wrote Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee, for the panel. “It is never alleged that a defendant treated the Trump campaign or its votes worse than the Biden campaign or its votes. Calling something discrimination is not. The second amended complaint still suffers from these core flaws and therefore grants permission to change. ” would have been pointless. “
“Injustice charges are grave. But calling an election unfair doesn’t make it that way. Indictment requires specific allegations and then evidence. We don’t have any here,” the judges added.
“The campaign’s claims have no value. The number of ballots that are specifically challenged is far less than the profit margin of around 81,000 votes. And it never claims fraud or that any votes were cast by illegal voters. In addition, millions of mail are received thrown away – in ballot papers would be drastic and unprecedented, would disenfranchise a large part of the voters and also confuse all voting races. This means would be out of proportion to the procedural challenges that were raised, “wrote the judges.
Biden campaign spokesman Mike Gwin said after the federal appeals court ruling that “this election is over and Donald Trump has lost”, arguing that “unsubstantiated lawsuits” will not change the outcome.
“Desperate and embarrassingly unsubstantiated lawsuits like this one will continue to fail and will not change the fact that Joe Biden is sworn in as president on January 20, 2021,” added Gwin.
Jenna Ellis, an attorney for Trump’s campaign, said on Twitter following the verdict that “the activist judicial machinery in Pennsylvania continues to cover up allegations of massive fraud,” and promised to bring the case to the Supreme Court.
Brann compared it to “Frankenstein’s monster … arbitrarily stitched together” and slammed the motion for the disenfranchisement of nearly seven million voters in a complaint littered with “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative allegations.”
The appeals court referred to the Trump campaign’s multiple attempts to amend its lawsuit and praised Brann’s handling of the matter. State and local electoral officials said there was no evidence of widespread electoral fraud, and both a federal court and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court have dismissed lawsuits to prevent the state from confirming the election results.
“We commend the district court for handling this demanding legal dispute quickly, fairly and patiently,” the panel wrote.
This story has been updated with additional developments.
CNN’s Arlette Saenz contributed to this report.