By Dave Andrusko
The courts continue to find against fringe presidential candidate Jill Stein’s various lawsuits to force recounts in three key states carried by President-elect Donald Trump.
Earlier today, U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond issued a 31-page decision, citing at least six grounds that he said required him to reject the Green Party’s lawsuit to recount paper ballots and scan some county systems for signs of hacking in Pennsylvania. Trump had carried Pennsylvania by roughly 44,000 votes.
This comes after a decision last Friday by federal judge to halt Michigan’s recount. Trump had prevailed by a roughly 11,000 vote margin.
Wisconsin will complete its recount today. As of this morning the recount (95% complete) showed Trump had increased his total by 628 votes, Clinton by 653 votes, and Stein by 68 votes. Trump had carried Wisconsin by approximately 22,000 votes.
Judge Diamond wrote that suspicion of a hacked Pennsylvania election “borders on the irrational,” according to the Associated Press.
“Most importantly, there is no credible evidence that any `hack’ occurred, and compelling evidence that Pennsylvania’s voting system was not in any way compromised,” Diamond wrote. He also said the lawsuit suffered from a lack of standing, potentially the lack of federal jurisdiction and an “unexplained, highly prejudicial” wait before filing last week’s lawsuit, four weeks after the Nov. 8 election.