Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is considering professional sanctions against “Kraken” attorney Sidney Powell and other pro-Trump lawyers who she believes intentionally misrepresented facts in court in their lawsuit seeking to overturn President Donald Trump’s election loss.
Attorney General Dana Nessel told reporters during an end-of-year phone briefing on Tuesday that she’s looking at sanctions against Trump’s official and unofficial campaign attorneys who made “what we believe to be an intentional misrepresentation” of facts in recent election lawsuits.
“I think we need to go back to a time where you can trust an attorney is making an accurate and truthful representation to the court, because if they don’t, then they won’t be able to practice law anymore,” said Nessel, who has been a vocal critic of legal efforts on behalf of the president, deeming the lawsuits “injurious to our democracy.”
A spokesperson for the attorney general’s office told Forbes after the phone call that “no final decisions have been made” on sanctions, but Nessel will consider them “when appropriate, including in cases where arguments made by plaintiffs’ attorneys were clearly unsupported by facts.”
“Professional litigators should know better than to waste the court’s time with baseless arguments designed to mislead the public, and we will consider filing grievances against those who violated the rules of professional conduct all attorneys swear to abide by,” said Jarvi.
Last week, the city of Detroit said it would file a motion asking a federal judge to impose sanctions against Powell and other lawyers involved in filing the infamous “Kraken” lawsuit in Michigan (versions of which were also filed in Wisconsin, Arizona and Georgia), which was batted away by a U.S. District Court judge.
“I don’t think lawyers who practice with such disregard for the law and the facts should be allowed to practice,” the city’s lawyer David Fink told Forbes.
NEW: Michigan AG Dana Nessel says she will seek professional sanctions against Sidney Powell, Trump campaign attorneys who made “what we believe to be an intentional misrepresentation” of facts in recent election lawsuits.
— Jonathan Oosting (@jonathanoosting) December 22, 2020