SCOTUS Dismisses Texas Lawsuit v. Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin

December 13, 2020

The US Supreme Court dismissed the Texas lawsuit for “lack of standing”. SCOTUS did not hear the merits of the case, nor did it decide on them.

On December 12, 2020 the Supreme Court of the United States issued an unsigned order dismissing the Texas lawsuit v. Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin for “lack of standing.”

Order says: The State of Texas’s motion for leave to file a bill of complaint is denied for lack of standing under Article III of the Constitution. Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections. …

SCOTUS order, yet, was not unanimous. Justice Samuel Anthony Alito Jr, with whom Justice Clarence Thomas joined, stated: In my view, we do not have discretion to deny the filing of a bill of complaint in a case that falls within our original jurisdiction. …. I would therefore grant the motion to file the bill of complaint but would not grant other relief, and I express no view on any other issue.

The US Supreme Court chose not to hear the merits of the case, nor did it decide on them. In a statement Ken Paxton, Attorney General of Texas who signed the Texas’s motion for leave to file bill of complaint, criticized the decision of SCOTUS as “unfortunate” and declared that Texas will keep fighting.

Order in Pending Case, Texas v. Pennsylvania et Al.