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Nevada’s Supreme Court unanimously throws out demand to overturn Joe Biden’s victory

Another state’s judges slap down Donald Trump: Nevada’s Supreme Court unanimously throws out demand to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in late-night ruling and say president offered NO ‘substantial evidence’ of fraud

  • The Supreme Court of Nevada rejected an appeal late Tuesday from President Donald Trump’s campaign to overturn the state’s election result 
  • An order from the court said they were ‘not convinced’ that the appeal met the requirements the court had laid out 
  • It was the latest court failure for Trump and his allies, who have lost dozens of cases in state and federal courts 
  • Trump says the result was fraudulent, but no court has found evidence to support his assertions
  • In this case, the Trump campaign also wanted one of the Nevada Supreme Court justices to recuse himself 
  • Justice James W. Hardesty had congratulated Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske on ‘carrying out an extraordinary successful election’ 
  • Hardesty filed a motion saying that his comment was ‘an appropriate courteous and professional response’ and did not represent a conflict   

The Supreme Court of Nevada rejected an appeal late Tuesday from President Donald Trump‘s campaign to overturn the election results in the state, affirming President-elect Joe Biden‘s win in one of the battleground states

‘To prevail on this appeal, appellants must demonstrate error of law, findings of fact not supported by substantial evidence or an abuse of discretion in the admission or rejection of evidence by the district court,’ the order read. ‘We are not convinced they have done so.’ 

It was the latest court failure for Trump and his allies, who have lost dozens of cases in state and federal courts in an unsuccessful attempt to nullify the result of the Nov. 3 election.  

The Supreme Court of Nevada rejected an appeal late Tuesday from President Donald Trump’s campaign further cementing Joe Biden’s win in the swing state, with the order saying that the campaign didn’t provide ‘substantial evidence’ for them to overrule a lower court 

President Donald Trump's campaign tried, unsuccessfully, to overturn the election results in Nevada and even wanted a justice to recuse himself because he had complimented Nevada's secretary of state on 'carrying out an extraordinary successful election'

President Donald Trump’s campaign tried, unsuccessfully, to overturn the election results in Nevada and even wanted a justice to recuse himself because he had complimented Nevada’s secretary of state on ‘carrying out an extraordinary successful election’ 

Trump says the result was fraudulent, but no court has found evidence to support his assertions.  

Last week, a district court in Nevada ruled that the Trump campaign had not proven a claim that there had been a malfunction in voting devices and the contest between Trump and Biden had been manipulated.    

‘We also are not convinced that the district court erred in applying a burden of proof by clear and convincing evidence, as supported by the cases cited in the district court’s order,’ Nevada’s Supreme Court said in its judgement. 

Nevada’s Republican Party said it was ‘extremely disappointed’ by the decision.

‘We were not afforded an opportunity to write our brief or argue the case in front of the Court,’ Nevada’s GOP said in a statement.

‘Full denial of legitimate due process and appellate rights is truly unprecedented, shocking and extraordinary,’ it said. 

One of the court’s justices, Elissa Cadish, recused herself from ruling on the appeal, saying she had a personal relationship with several of the Biden electors, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.   

Trump’s campaign wanted Justice James W. Hardesty to recuse himself because he congratulated Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske on ‘carrying out an extraordinary successful election,’ the paper also reported.   

Hardesty filed a motion saying that his comment was ‘an appropriate courteous and professional response and in no way reflects any predisposition or opinion by me concerning the facts or issues raised in this case.’ 

The Trump campaign lost that argument too.  

Biden won Nevada by a 33,596-vote margin, giving him the state’s six votes in the Electoral College which choses the president. 

Democrat Hillary Clinton also won the state over Trump in 2016. 

The electors are scheduled to meet on Dec. 14 to formalize the outcome, with Biden having won 306 votes to 232 for Trump.

Tuesday was marked as the so-called safe harbor deadline for states to resolve disputes arising from the election. 

Under U.S. law, Congress will consider a state’s election result to be ‘conclusive’ if it is finalized by the safe harbor date.   

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