Wisconsin Supreme Court won’t hear Trump election lawsuit

US President Donald Trump listens during a Medal of Freedom ceremony for retired football Lou Holtz in the Oval Office of the White House December 3, 2020, in Washington, DC.Brendan Smialowski | AFP | Getty ImagesThe Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday said it would not hear President Donald Trump’s latest legal attempt to challenge his loss to Joe Biden in the presidential election.The Trump campaign’s lawsuit, which aimed to invalidate more than 221,000 ballots in the state’s two most Democrat-heavy counties, must first work its way through lower courts, the Wisconsin Supreme Court said in a 4-3 decision.With the Electoral College set to cast their votes on Dec. 14 — thereby securing victory for Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris — lawyers for Trump’s campaign had argued that they didn’t have time to proceed through normal legal channels. “In this case, there is not enough time to follow the normal judicial procedure without this Court asserting its original jurisdiction authority immediately,” the lawyers wrote in their petition, which was filed Tuesday.Justice Brian Hagedorn wrote in an opinion concurring with the majority vote that “these actions should be filed in the circuit court.””Following this law is not disregarding our duty, as some of my colleagues suggest. It is following the law,” Hagedorn wrote. “Even if this court has constitutional authority to hear the case straightaway, notwithstanding the statutory text, the briefing reveals important factual disputes that are best managed by a circuit court.”The court’s chief justice, in a dissent, said she agreed with the idea of having the circuit court conduct fact-finding hearings in the lawsuit. But she added that she would prefer to have the lower court “report its factual findings to us, and we would decide the important legal questions presented.”This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.

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