One of the Democratic party’s top election lawyers was hit with sanctions by a federal court for violating ethics rules in a suit against Texas over straight-ticket voting, a rare rebuke for a seasoned attorney following months of tumultuous litigation over the November election.
Marc Elias and other lawyers with Perkins Coie LLP were ordered Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans to pay legal fees and “double costs” to Texas. The order was issued in a suit Elias filed in August on behalf of the Democrats’ Senate and congressional campaign committees….
Elias in February filed a so-called motion to supplement the record in a case accusing Texas of trying to illegally scrap straight-ticket voting during the pandemic, even though an identical motion had already been denied earlier in the case. The technical violation “unreasonably and vexatiously” dragged out the litigation by creating more work for the court, according to the ruling.
“This inexplicable failure to disclose the earlier denial of their motion violated their duty of candor to the court,” according to the appeals court, one of the most conservative in the country. “If appellees had any confusion about the application of the order, they could have and should have disclosed the previously denied motion in their new motion.”