Judge David Peeples has tossed out the sore-loser Harris County Republican lawsuits that sought a redo of many election results from 2022.
From the Houston Chronicle:
"The results of Harris County's highly scrutinized November 2022 election were upheld Thursday evening by a judge, who threw out all but one remaining election contest out of 21 related lawsuits....However, after an eight-day trial in which Lunceford's legal team did not provide testimony from any disenfranchised voters, Judge David Peeples, a visiting judge from Bexar County, ruled the results of the race were legitimate. Lunceford's legal team repeatedly argued during the August trial that it would have been impractical – both logistically and financially – to gather testimony from thousands of disenfranchised voters. Yet Gallery Furniture owner and GOP donor Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale launched a website some five months prior in hopes of doing just that – collecting evidence of voters who were turned away from the polls. The defense team blasted Lunceford for not producing any voters, noting that McIngvale had attended the first day of the trial empty-handed."
A recent State of Texas/Republican audit of the 2022 Harris County elections found nothing.
Detailed reports by Jen Rice at the Houston Chronicle and Andrew Schneider at KUHF 88.7 have made clear 2022 Harris County elections were conducted fairly.
The Houston Democracy Project watched the weekly pre-trial hearings for these suits. Those election-denying Republicans had little to go on.
The Houston Chronicle reported that there will be appeals to Judge Peeple's ruling. So we will see how political rather than law-based our Texas courts are as these cases go on and on and on.
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I'm Neil Aquino