Democracy Alerts

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Final “Kraken” Conspiracy Lawsuits

March 1, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Supreme Court today rejected two petitions filed by Sidney Powell, the former lawyer for Trump’s re-election campaign who repeatedly challenged the legitimacy of the 2020 election result in court. While still working for the Trump campaign, Powell promoted multiple unfounded conspiracy theories, including that the election had been stolen. She brought a slate of so-called “Kraken” lawsuits to court, which demanded that state election officials in key battleground states throw out the certified results based on a series of QAnon-associated conspiracy theories. 

On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected two of Powell’s petitions that disputed the 2020 election results in Arizona and Wisconsin. The Court denied the petitions with no further comment. These are the final two Kraken cases before the highest court.  

Powell and her team had previously filed two additional Kraken-conspiracy lawsuits in Georgia and Michigan. Powell eventually voluntarily dropped the Georgia case after SCOTUS denied her team’s request for expedited review; the Court rejected review of the Michigan suit last week. 

Read the Arizona decertification challenge here.

Read the Wisconsin decertification challenge here.

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