Received 12/3/2016 4:58:07 PM Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania
Filed 12/3/2016 4:58:07 PM Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania
659 MD 2016
IN THE COMMONWEALTH COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA HARRSIBURG, PENNSYLVANIA
In re: The matter of the 2016 Presidential Election: Docket No: 659 MD 2016
: ELECTION MATTER
PRAECIPE TO DISCONTINUE AND WITHDRAW
TO THE PROTHONOTARY:
Petitioners are regular citizens of ordinary means. They cannot afford to post the $1,000,000 bond required by the Court. Accordingly, kindly mark the above captioned matter withdrawn and discontinued.
/s/ LAWRENCE M. OTTER, ESQ.
LAWRENCE M. OTTER, ESQUIRE
ATTORNEY FOR PETITIONERS
PA ATTORNEY ID 31383
Date: December 3, 2016
Of counsel: Emery Celli Brimcerhoff & Abady, LLP
600 Fifth Avenue
PA GOP statement on decision to withdraw election contest lawsuit.
HARRISBURG – Jill Stein finally abandoned her frivolous and baseless statewide Election Contest to challenge President-Elect Trump’s big victory in Pennsylvania. At 5:00 p.m. this evening the Stein Petitioners filed to discontinue the Election Contest in Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth Court entered an Order closing the case. Lawrence Tabas, Esq., lead counsel in Pennsylvania for President-Elect Trump, his Electors, and the Republican Party of Pennsylvania stated that: “The filing of a discontinuance of the Election Contest by Jill Stein’s petitioners tonight is a recognition that their Election Contest was completely without merit, and meant solely for purposes to delay the Electoral College vote in Pennsylvania for President-Elect Trump.”
The Election Contest sought a Court Order for a statewide recount, which is absolutely not allowed under Pennsylvania law. Mr. Tabas further said: Candidate Jill Stein’s allegations created the false allusion that some unidentified foreign government hacked our state’s voting systems when absolutely no such proof existed. We believe that she always knew that she had no such proof.”
Ms. Stein and her supporters should now withdraw the few scattered recounts that they filed in Pennsylvania as they clearly have no chance of changing the results and that it was done for media attention.
The November 8, 2016 Election produced a clear winner, Donald Trump, and the actions of Ms. Stein and her supporters to create the fear of chaos by making baseless accusations of the hacking of voting machines in Pennsylvania were an insult to all Pennsylvania voters.
We look forward to the inauguration of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States.
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