Pro-Trump Attorney Lin Wood Investigated For Illegal Voting : NPR

  

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Via:  sandy-2021492  •  4 weeks ago  •  9 comments

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Pro-Trump Attorney Lin Wood Investigated For Illegal Voting : NPR
The Georgia secretary of state's office is looking into allegations that Wood may have illegally voted in the November general election.

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February 2, 20218:39 PM ET

Stephen Fowler

The Georgia secretary of state's office is investigating allegations that Lin Wood, a high-profile pro-Trump attorney who launched fruitless challenges to election results and pushed baseless conspiracies of fraud, may have illegally voted in the November general election. Wood played a crucial role in President Trump's efforts to undermine the election.

Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office confirmed the investigation was opened after a reporter with WSB-TV in Atlanta posted an email from Wood where the attorney said he had been living in South Carolina for several months.

On the social media site Telegram, Wood wrote Monday that he was leaving Georgia and changed his residency to South Carolina after he said Georgia "falsely accused me and shunned me."

After news of the investigation broke, Wood wrote that he only became a South Carolina resident as of Feb. 1 and called Raffensperger a "loser" who "is going to jail."

In the weeks after the November presidential election, Wood was one of the most prominent voices spreading lies and misinformation about the nation's vote-counting process, filing several failed lawsuits seeking to toss out millions of votes and block Joe Biden from becoming the next president.

In one suit, the defamation lawyer who gained notoriety for representing accused Olympic bomber Richard Jewell accidentally wrote his lawsuit was filed under "plenty" of perjury instead of "penalty," and attempted to push debunked claims of fraud all the way to the Supreme Court.

Outside the courtroom, Wood is most known for his inflammatory social media posts and staunch support of the QAnon conspiracy theory. He was suspended (and later banned) from Twitter after posting "the time has come Patriots" and it was "time to fight for our freedom" on Jan. 6, hours before a violent pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Wood also had posts deleted from Parler that called for the assassination of former Vice President Mike Pence, and frequently shared QAnon conspiracies and spread falsehoods about the November election.

Now, his posts on Telegram are under scrutiny as officials seek to determine if one of the loudest voices alleging election fraud committed a crime himself. Georgia state code 21-2-217 (a) (5) says that if a person moves to another state "with the intention of remaining there an indefinite time and making such state the person's place of residence" then they are no longer considered eligible to vote in Georgia.

State investigators will now determine if Wood lived in South Carolina or in Georgia when he voted early in person for the November presidential election.
But the saga of the election has taken a larger toll on Wood's professional relationships.

In recent days, his alma mater Mercer University in Macon, Ga., explored removing Wood's name from a courtroom dedication and the Georgia State Bar asked him to take a mental health evaluation to continue practicing law in the state. A judge in Delaware booted Wood off a case citing a "toxic stew of mendacity" and lawyers for MSNBC host Joy Reid have asked a New York judge to remove Wood from that case.


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sandy-2021492
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1  seeder  sandy-2021492    4 weeks ago
Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office confirmed the investigation was opened after a reporter with WSB-TV in Atlanta posted an email from Wood where the attorney said he had been living in South Carolina for several months.
On the social media site Telegram, Wood wrote Monday that he was leaving Georgia and changed his residency to South Carolina after he said Georgia "falsely accused me and shunned me."
 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1  devangelical  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1    4 weeks ago

go figure, you just can't make this shit up.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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2  Gsquared    4 weeks ago

This creep is a fraud all the way around.  

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3  Buzz of the Orient    4 weeks ago

A proud member of the Republican Trump-supporting "LAW AND ORDER" Party.  jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Kavika
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4  Kavika     4 weeks ago

KARMA is a bitch.

 
 
 
Tacos!
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5  Tacos!    4 weeks ago
Illegal Voting

I'm pretty sure we have it on good authority that there's no such thing.

 
 
 
Split Personality
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5.1  Split Personality  replied to  Tacos! @5    4 weeks ago

Did you forget your  "/s"?

State GOPs have already introduced dozens of bills restricting voting access in 2021

A new Brennan Center report shows an unprecedented amount of legislation seeking to restrict voting access has been introduced in state legislatures this year.

By Gabby Birenbaum Jan 29, 2021, 10:50am EST

In 2020, voters turned out at the highest level in 100 years, thanks in part to expanded vote-by-mail. In response, state-level Republicans are introducing an unprecedented amount of legislation to restrict voting rights, according to a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice .

State legislators in 28 states have filed 106 bills restricting the franchise thus far in 2021 — and the overwhelming majority have come from Republicans. Compare that to last year at this time: Then, only 35 such bills had been filed in six states.

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Many of the bills being introduced this year aim to tackle the very practices that former President Donald Trump decried as unfair while peddling various false election conspiracies — but enacting some of his preferred reforms might actually backfire.

In the dozens of lawsuits the Trump campaign filed and saw thrown out by courts, they falsely claimed that Biden only won due to the votes of noncitizens , illegally cast absentee ballots whose signatures could not be verified (conveniently only in counties Biden won), and ballots miscounted because Trump-friendly poll watchers weren’t allowed in to watch. All of these claims were proven false by recounts and in courts , where no evidence of widespread ballot fraud was found, and it was proven that poll watchers were indeed present.

But that hasn’t stopped state GOPs from seizing the opportunity to try to justify new restrictive proposals based on Trump’s lies.

 
 
 
Tacos!
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5.1.1  Tacos!  replied to  Split Personality @5.1    4 weeks ago
Did you forget your  "/s"?

Yeah, I didn't think I'd need it.

 
 
 
Split Personality
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5.1.2  Split Personality  replied to  Tacos! @5.1.1    4 weeks ago

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