This news story has been updated to include the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s dismissal of a state court lawsuit that sought to overturn the 2020 general election by disqualifying mail ballots on constitutional grounds.
Lame-duck President Donald Trump on Friday lost his campaign’s latest legal fight to undo his narrow loss to Joe Biden in Pennsylvania.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit rejected the campaign’s battle to block certification of Pennsylvania’s election results based on its unsupported claims that the election system is fraudulent and ballots were processed improperly.
The decision affirmed a scathing lower court ruling that dismissed the case. In equally withering language, the appeals court denied the Trump campaign’s motion for an emergency injunction and refused its request to send the case back to the lower court for additional arguments on a proposed amended complaint.
“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious,” wrote Judge Stephanos Bibas as the court ruled in a case where the Trump campaign sought to invalidate millions of ballots. “But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.”