Not only are the “stop the steal” liars responsible for the legal fees of those they sued, but a federal judge has also made sure those fines are “hefty” to deter future scammers from trying this again.
Two Colorado lawyers, Gary D. Fielder and Ernest John Walker, raised money from what the judge called an “arguably innocent and gullible public” to fund their “stop the steal” lawsuits against Facebook, Dominion Voting Systems, and government officials, when they knew there was no factual basis for their court actions.
The fines (shown above) total about $187,000.
WaPo reports that “[Judge] Neureiter’s order is one of the first efforts to put a dollar figure on penalties for lawyers who attempted to use the legal system to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.”
BREAKING: Judge slaps 2 of Trump’s top lawyers with a $198k fine for filing a suit claiming that Biden “stole” the election, accusing them of “violating their duty” by pushing “defamatory rumors” that “imperiled our democracy” and “fueled an insurrection.” RT TO THANK THE JUDGE!
— Occupy Democrats (@OccupyDemocrats) November 23, 2021
Attorneys Gary D. Fielder and Ernest John Walker were fined for filing frivolous lawsuits accusing action fraud.
The judge said ” their lawsuit aimed to “manipulate gullible members of the public and foment public unrest.”
— gail m hart (@gailmhart1) November 23, 2021
Sorry, but I don’t think that the fine was large enough, and there should be repercussions coming from the bar association as well. These sorry excuses for attorneys shouldn’t ever be allowed to practice law again.
— Kevin Engle (@kdengle1kdengle) November 23, 2021