Dominion Voting Systems, one of the top voting machine companies in the United States, has been waging an all-out campaign to silence its critics, according to a lawsuit filed in a Colorado district court.
The litigants, including high-profile attorneys like Alan Dershowitz and former “Stop the Steal” attorney Kurt Olsen, are claiming that Dominion’s “cease-and-desist” letter campaign was an indiscriminate tactic meant to intimidate critics into silence. Furthermore, the lawsuit alleges that the campaign violates laws against such coordinated behavior in the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) Act, according to the Colorado Gazette.
“The named plaintiffs to the class action lawsuit, all of whom are in Michigan, allege Dominion has violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act — typically used to prosecute gangs, cartels and the Mafia — by sending cease and desist letters to those who defamed the company,” the Gazette notes.
The judge in the case, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Philip A. Brimmer, on Monday issued an order to the plaintiffs to explain why he should not dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction. According to the Colorado Gazette, the judge’s concern fell on “narrow, technical grounds.” He instructed the plaintiffs to establish that “their fixed residence, or domicile, was different from that of Dominion’s.”
Secretive, profit-driven voting machine companies have sought to avoid public scrutiny in the aftermath of the contested 2020 election. However, there are growing concerns that private voting machine companies represent unaccountable, non-transparent “black boxes” at the heart of what should be the people’s democratic elections.
The backstory on the lawsuit facing Dominion Voting Systems is interesting because the people targeted for the cease-and-desist letters were not necessarily public figures.
“Eight of the state’s challengers from the 2020 presidential election said they received cease and desist letters from Dominion after they inquired about potential irregularities in the election despite never mentioning Dominion in their formal challenges,” the Insider reported.
“In the letters, Dominion instructed the challengers to stop speaking about Dominion and to preserve any communications with members of the Trump campaign, Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, and other Trump attorneys,” the report continued.
“The company has sent over 200 cease and desist letters in total to people challenging the company’s integrity and quality of its election services,” the report went on. “Other than changing the name of the person the letters are addressed to, each of the cease and desist letters provided as evidence in the new lawsuit appears to be identical and fails to mention any of the election challenges brought forth by any of the plaintiffs.”
“While the challengers were never sued by Dominion itself, they allege the cease and desist letters instilled a sense of fear for their businesses, safety, and even an unborn child,” the Insider added.
In a separate case against Fox News, Dominion Voting System was able to score a legal victory of sorts by establishing that the network’s coverage of election fraud “may have been inaccurate,” according to a CNN Business report.
“Judge Eric Davis of the Delaware Superior Court declined to dismiss Dominion Voting System’s lawsuit against Fox News in a significant ruling Thursday,” CNN reported.
“The ruling will now allow Dominion to attempt to unearth extensive communications within Fox News as they gather evidence for the case, and the company may be able to interview the network’s top names under oath,” the report continued.
“At this stage, the court must assume Dominion’s claims about Fox News are true,” CNN claimed. “Still, Davis called out, in the 52-page opinion, that Fox News may have slanted its coverage to push election fraud, knowing the accusations were wrong.”
However, being wrong about reportage is not a crime, or CNN would be out of business. There has to be “malicious intent” to establish defamation or slander, at least under the most commonly applied standard of the law.
Meanwhile, a Pennsylvania court has handed a defeat to the state’s governor and attorney general by allowing Fulton County, PA to conduct an inspection of Domininion Voting Systems’ machines.
“The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ruled in favor of The Amistad Project and Fulton County, Pennsylvania, allowing the county to send its Dominion voting machines to the State Senate for inspection on January 10,” the group stated in a press release.
“The court recognized that it was improper to demand that the county – which owns the machines, and has the responsibility of running the election along with the legislature – can’t determine whether the machines worked properly,” said Phill Kline, director of The Amistad Project. “As the judge noted, there’s no justification for preventing the county from looking at their own machines.”
Pennsylvania’s attorney general and secretary of state had sued to prevent the inspection, the press release notes. It was originally scheduled for December 22, but the judge determined that it must be allowed to proceed, “with a short delay to allow experts from both sides to come up with a formal protocol for the inspection.”
It will be interesting to see what the inspection turns up. As I recently said while hosting an Election Integrity Panel at the TPUSA event AmericaFest in Phoenix, “The left has been using a lot of private companies and institutions as a way to block their activities… to shield us from accountability.” If the courts do not allow the people to see what is going on with their own votes, then there will continue to be a breakdown of trust in U.S. elections.
Pennsylvania Court Issues Defeat to Governor and AG with Stunning Decision on Dominion Voting Machines
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