Sidney Powell, a former attorney for the President’s re-election campaign Donald Trumphas asked a federal court to drop the legal fees the city of Detroit has been demanding for appealing in fraudulent election fraud cases.
The city of Detroit is seeking $182,193.75 in attorneys’ fees from Powell and his team to sue for alleged voter fraud during Michigan’s 2020 presidential election. The fraud case was dismissed and Powell’s appeal followed by the petition to the United States Supreme Court both were rejected.
Now, Powell’s legal representatives have asked a federal district court to reduce the city’s sought-after fees to $21,964.75. The amount matches the amount demanded by Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for legal fees related to the same fraud cases filed by Powell and his team.
In a court filing filed Wednesday, Powell’s legal representatives said the city had no right to seek attorneys’ fees on his appeal. After deducting these fees, the city’s remaining attorney’s fees total $156,116.25.
“This amount is much more than is needed to reimburse the City and deter misconduct,” Powell’s legal representatives wrote in their filing. “Sanctions under the natural jurisdiction of the court should be compensatory rather than punitive.”
Powell’s attorneys also noted that the city’s attorneys’ bill was ambiguous, included multiple charges for duplicated duties by multiple attorneys, and included “communication with the media” and other duties not required to sue Powell’s fraud case.
Powell and his team filed their first fraud case in late November. The lawsuit alleged that electoral workers in Detroit blocked Republican poll watchers, changed fake ballots, and counted erroneous votes. As a remedy, the lawsuit asked the court to either affirm Michigan’s results or affirm it for Trump.
Later, the court dismissed the case, and Powell and his team appealed. His team then petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the Electoral College voting to declare the current President’s victory. Joe Biden until the appeal is decided. The Supreme Court denied the request. The appeal ultimately failed.
In her ruling on the first fraud case, Judge Linda Parker described the case as a “historic and profound abuse of the judicial process” aimed at “deceiving a federal court and the American people”. “
“One thing is clear by bringing this case,” Parker wrote, “The plaintiffs’ attorneys have downplayed their oaths, broken the rules, and sought to undermine the integrity of the judiciary along the way.” As punishment for his baseless allegations, Parker referred Powell and his fellow lawyers to the disciplinary authorities where they applied the law.
Powell is currently being sued for $1.3 billion in a defamation lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems. He claimed that corrupt election officials used the company’s voting machines to convert Trump votes into Biden votes.