A Georgia judge
threw out large portions of a lawsuit
challenging mail-in ballots during the 2020 presidential election
, handing Donald Trump
and his allies a defeat in their campaign against unfounded allegations of fraud.
Superior Court Judge Brian Amero dismissed seven of the suit's claims against Fulton County officials on Thursday, saying they were protected by Georgia's sovereign immunity laws. Plaintiffs alleged widespread election fraud
and filed suit to inspect the county's 147,000 absentee ballots.
Fulton County officials repeatedly rejected the fraud claims, and three separate audits upheld results that saw President Joe Biden
win Georgia by less than 12,000 votes
. Undaunted by facts
, Trump and his supporters have continued to claim the election was stolen from him.
“This lawsuit is the result of meritless claims and the Big Lie
,” Fulton Commission
Chairman Robb Pitts said. “It’s been six months and no proof of wrongdoing has been produced. Enough is enough — this entire circus must end.” https://t.co/Kej27HnU2H
— Robb Pitts (@ChairRobbPitts) June 24, 2021
The judge allowed two counts of the lawsuit to proceed on Thursday, saying his previous order requiring the county to produce digital images of absentee ballots and election records would stand. However, an attorney for the Fulton County elections
board told The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution that he would soon file a motion to dismiss the entire case, claiming Amero's decision effectively undermines the entire case.
“That litigation is finished,” lawyer Don Samuel told the outlet. “Will there be an audit? Not right now.... There is no discovery permitted. There is no lawsuit pending anymore.”
The lead plaintiff in the case, Galrand Favorito, told the Journal-Constitution that the ruling was a victory and that he would submit plans for a ballot inspection next week in accordance with Amero's previous rulings.
Trump's forces should surrender, according to Fulton County officials.
“This lawsuit is the result of meritless claims and the Big Lie. The votes were counted three times, including a hand recount
, and no evidence of widespread fraud was found,” said Robb Pitts, chair of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, in a statement.