Lawyers allied with Trump ordered to pay USD 175K in sanctions

Nine lawyers allied with former US President Donald Trump were ordered on Thursday to pay Detroit and Michigan a total of USD 175,000 in sanctions for abusing the court system with a sham lawsuit challenging the 2020 election results.

The money, which must be paid within 30 days, will cover the legal costs of defending against the suit, which were more than USD 153,000 for the city and nearly USD 22,000 for the state.

US District Judge Linda Parker, who agreed to impose sanctions in August in a scathing opinion, rejected most of the attorneys' objections to Detroit's proposed award, but she did reduce it by about USD 29,000.

Those sanctioned include Sidney Powell, L Lin Wood and seven other lawyers who were part of the lawsuit filed on behalf of six Republican voters after Joe Biden's 1,54,000-vote victory over Trump.