Republican attorneys general in six states are now trying to intervene in Texas’ “Hail Mary” lawsuit attempting to overturn the presidential election results in the U.S. Supreme Court.
President Trump on Wednesday described the case as “the big one” even as legal experts and other Republicans widely deride the litigation as meritless and sure to fail.
Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Utah filed a motion to intervene Thursday in the Supreme Court case, which was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and targets voting rules in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin, ultimately seeking to invalidate their presidential election results.
The six states are among the 17 states that filed an amicus brief Wednesday in the case, which showed support for the court hearing the lawsuit but did not attempt to directly join the litigation.
“Amicus briefs are court filings in which people who aren’t involved in a case can make arguments to the court and try to influence a case without actually joining it, while the motion to intervene means the states are trying to become parties in the case and sue the battleground states themselves,” according to Forbes. “Trump has also filed his own motion to intervene in the case. The litigation has been broadly dismissed by legal experts, who have called Texas’ claims ‘laughable,’ ‘utter garbage’ and ‘legally incoherent,’ and 23 states and U.S. territories opposed the lawsuit in their own amicus brief, which said Texas’ legal argument ‘would reorder the Constitution and undermine our federalist system’ if successful.”
The motion was ridiculed online after Twitter users noted that the legal filing contained not one, but two misspellings!
“They managed to misspell Louisiana not once, but TWICE (both the motion and bill of complaint), in the new filing seeking to make “Lousiana” a party to Texas v. Georgia,” noted UVA Law School Professor Thomas Frampton.
They managed to misspell Louisiana not once, but TWICE (both the motion and bill of complaint), in the new filing seeking to make "Lousiana" a party to Texas v. Georgia. h/t @LeahLitman pic.twitter.com/HNLRoFpbjt
— Thomas Frampton (@TFrampton) December 10, 2020
Who is this "Lousiana" that wants to intervene in Texas's lawsuit to throw out the election results in WI, MI, PA, and GA? https://t.co/RFNflVl2Ml
— Leah Litman (@LeahLitman) December 10, 2020
Oh my god pic.twitter.com/qpXDLm2okB
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) December 10, 2020