Stacey Abrams outdoes the Chicago Way

Judge Leslie A. Gardner (left) and Stacy Abrams. (Facebook)

Judge Leslie A. Gardner (left) and Stacey Abrams. (Facebook)

True the Vote, a group that is challenging the legitimacy of some vote counting, filed suit in a federal court to disqualify thousands of allegedly fraudulent votes in the contested George election.

It's a complicated technical, legal issue. Suffice to say that the suit went before a federal judge who dismissed the lawsuit.

Fair enough. Until you get to the part of the story where the federal judge is the sister of Stacey Abrams, the super-partisan and far-left former Georgia gubernatorial candidate.

Even in Chicago, where partisanship advances all kinds of self- and conflict-of-interests, this would be, err, remarkable. At least in Chicago, an effort is made to thinly disguise such hi-jinks.

But the sister, Leslie A. Gardner, shockingly argues it was her duty. As the Augusta Chronicle reports:

Leslie A. Gardner, the sister of Stacey Abrams, said recusing herself from a voting rights case would be a dereliction of duty and a violation of her oath as a federal judge.

Gardner explains:

One can only assume that the argument is something to the effect that if my sister is actively engaged in a cause, I cannot be impartial. This argument is mere speculation, unsupported by any facts that would support a finding of partiality.

In these troubled times, we owe Gardner thanks for these belly laughs. Abrams, too, who considers herself a "voting rights advocate" who believes that Republicans stole her election as governor.


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  • You leave out the fact that around 60 frivolous law suits filed by Trump were dismissed by other judges, some appointed by Trump, and none of them, as far as I know, relatives of Stacey Abrams.

    Super-partisan? Do you mean partisan toward justice and voting rights?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Do you not think it was a conflict of interest?

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    From the news account you linked, I don't see where the conflict of interest is. If the plaintiff thinks there is one, they can take an appeal to the 11the Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • The Chicago Way used to be getting votes out of the “river wards”, rewarding drunks on skid row with a bottle after voting, and trolling cemetery headstones for names. Stacey and the Democrats (“there is no voter fraud anywhere”), however, are encouraging voters from all other states to come vote in Georgia. How is that for “legitimate voting?”

  • In reply to Get out of IL now!:

    How many times do the Republican officials in Georgia have to say there was not fraud in the November election to convince you that there was no fraud in the November election.

    Get with it now, man!

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    This is not so much about whether there was vote fraud but that the four swing states violated Article II, Sec. 1 of the Constitution. Only state legislatures - not governors, secretaries of state, local election officials - have the authority over the selection of electors. That's the only issue that matters at the moment. This end run around the Constitution has been going on since 2016 because the left knows it couldn't get around GOP state legislatures. Americans want free and fair elections, but the Democratic Party wants nothing to do with the Constitution that they see as a roadblock to their anti-American agenda.

  • In reply to davegorak:

    Exactly so.

  • Perhaps. Would a different judge have ruled differently? If you think so, why?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I don't know if a different judge would have ruled differently. That's not the point. Is not even the appearance of a conflict of interest troubling? What would you say if Maryanne Trump Barry (Donald Trump's sister who is a federal judge) had ruled on a case involving Trump, his party or his politics or his interests?

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    I think jnorto makes a good point. If a plaintiff believes a judge has a conflict of interest they can appeal to a higher court. So what's the problem?

  • The battle between these two dark whales for the crab legs at the buffet table must be vicious.....

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