Lin Wood Wins Restraining Order to Stop Georgia Elections Officials From Wiping Dominion Voting Machines

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President Donald Trump’s attorney Lin Wood reportedly experienced a series of ups and downs Sunday in a court battle to ensure Georgia elections officials do not wipe Dominion voting machines, and won a temporary restraining order following a night-time Zoom hearing.

Late Sunday night, Wood tweeted, “Sidney Powell @SidneyPowell1 & I won, then lost, but ended up winning. We will never give up the pursuit of TRUTH to achieve justice.”

Wood referred to the third decision in one day by Senior Judge Timothy C. Batten Sr. of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division. The decisions came in a civil suit asking Gov. Brian Kemp, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and others to decertify the election results, protect machines and verify ballot envelope signatures.

Batten’s third decision meant Kemp and the other defendants have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to “file a brief setting forth in detail the factual bases they have, if any, against allowing the three forensic inspections.” The judge ordered the protection of Dominion software in Cobb, Gwinnett and Cherokee counties. The restraining order is good for up to 10 days.

In his first order Sunday, Batten had ordered officials to “maintain the status quo” and preserve the machines, according to a tweet by Wood.

Regarding Fulton County’s efforts to wipe the machines, Wood tweeted, “On November 24, a litigation hold notice was served on Fulton County which demanded that all evidence related to voting machines be preserved. Scrubbing the machines or tampering with them in any manner should NOT be occurring.”

In a Nov. 24 letter to the Fulton County Board of Registration & Elections, Wood and his attorneys demanded officials preserve all records connected to the election.

“Furthermore, no repairing, maintenance, altering or destroying of said evidence is to be done,” the letter said. “You have a legal obligation to preserve evidence, regardless of whether any Court Order, to that effect has ever been entered, because you know or with the exercise of due diligence should know that litigation has risen out of this matter.”

However, not long after issuing his first order, Batten changed his decision.

In addition, Plaintiffs contend that Union County officials have advised that they are going to wipe or reset the voting machines of all data and bring the count back to zero on Monday, November 30. On this basis, Plaintiffs seek a temporary restraining order to impound and preserve the voting machines in the State of Georgia, and to prevent any wiping of data. However, Plaintiffs’ request fails because the voting equipment that they seek to impound is in the possession of county election officials. Any injunction the Court issues would extend only to Defendants and those within their control, and Plaintiffs have not demonstrated that county election officials are within Defendants’ control. Defendants cannot serve as a proxy for local election officials against whom the relief should be sought. Jacobson v. Fla. Sec’y of State, 974 F.3d 1236, 1256–58 (11th Cir. 2020). Therefore, to the extent Plaintiffs seek emergency relief to impound and preserve the voting machines, that request is denied. 

Following the second decision, Wood tweeted, “What??? Judge reversed order based on Defendants’ claim that GA Counties control voting machines. Machines are owned by State & @GaSecofState administers state laws on elections. Why are GA officials determined to wipe these machines clean be resetting them?”

He also said, “GA officials performing “software update” on Fulton County voting machines at this very moment at World Congress Center. They are trying to erase the evidence by scrubbing the machines with litigation pending. BLOW YOUR HORNS. PATRIOTS. This cannot stand.”

Meanwhile, Wood questioned Raffensperger’s business connections to an engineering services company in Smyrna, Georgia, alleging he maintains an office there based on a wifi network named “GA SOS.” Wood did not specify what such an alleged connection would mean.

“Looks like @GaSecofState Brad Raffensperger DOES do business at Eaton Corporation. State business. Voting related. Do GA Patriots think Raffesperger is corrupt & knee deep in the fraudulent election or is it just me?”

However, anyone can name their wifi network anything.

Wood also retweeted a tweet pointing out that in 2017, then-Secretary of State Kemp, who was running for governor, was the overseer of an election in which the election server in Kennesaw was mysteriously wiped clean after a lawsuit was filed. A screenshot of an Associated Press story was included.

Wood tweeted, “Given his total lack of support for @realDonaldTrump, his refusal to call special session of legislature, & his history of wiping servers clean, @BrianKempGA apparently took political corruptness lessons from Hillary Clinton. Hillary is rumored to have taken some kickbacks too.”

Wood did not provide evidence of any kickbacks.

The attorney also tweeted a link to a Washington Examiner story that said the recount in Fulton County was delayed after a Dominion server crashed.

Wood tweeted, “GA general election & now recount tabulations have NO integrity. Taxpayers paid $107M for Dominion election theft machine. We got taken to the cleaners while @BrianKempGA & @GaSecofState went to the bank. These people must go. GA deserves better.”

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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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