Lin Wood Shares, Then Deletes Recording Of MI Fed Court Proceedings
The last remnant of challenges to the 2020 election continues to play out in Michigan's federal court system as the attorneys representing those who wished to have the state's electoral votes swing for former President Donald Trump now face potential sanctions over their filings.
And while one might assume that now was not the time to rock the boat, figuratively speaking, at least one of the attorneys caught up in the fight did just that following Monday's hearing in King v. Whitmer before U.S. District Judge Linda Parker of the Eastern District of Michigan.
That attorney was Lin Wood, who shared among his followers on the Telegram encrypted messaging app a video recording of the court's proceedings – a violation of federal court rules.
Mr. Wood is a Trump acolyte and a Georgia attorney who became a lightning rod for 2020 election conspiracies that claimed Mr. Trump truly won and lost only to alleged voter fraud in key swing states like Michigan.
King was spearheaded by Trump-backing attorneys Sidney Powell and Howard Kleinhendler, and sought unsuccessfully to overturn the election by asking the court to change electoral college votes for President Joe Biden – who won the state by about 154,000 votes – to votes for Mr. Trump by way of a slate of alternative electors.
Defense attorneys in the case called for sanctions once the cadre of pro-Trump attorneys lost their case, and Ms. Parker is now considering relief like possible disbarment and blacklisting in Michigan's Eastern District Court (See Gongwer Michigan Report, July 12, 2021),
Faced with losing his law license in both Michigan and Georgia, Mr. Wood – who came to prominence representing Richard Jewell in the Atlanta 1996 Olympics bombing – did everything he could during Monday's hearing to distance himself from the case, stating that Ms. Powell put his name on the filing without his permission.
Ms. Powell denied that was the case, noting she did receive permission and that she would not have done so if she didn't have a nod from Mr. Wood.
Despite some bickering between parties during the hearing, Mr. Wood appeared respectful of the proceedings and rarely became combative with Ms. Parker as she admonished the lot of them.
His demeanor, however, changed following the hearing with his post on Telegram, which featured a snippet of Ms. Powell's closing remarks but was deleted soon afterward Monday afternoon. Mr. Wood noted in a subsequent Telegram post that his attorney advised that he take the video down.
But the post was screen-grabbed before it was deleted and shared on Twitter, where it caused a stir and elicited digital sighs of exasperation from those following the case.
Lin Wood on Telegram said the six-hour hearing he sat through today over whether he should be sanctioned for his (now disputed) efforts to overturn Michigan's election results was propaganda. "I thought I was attending a hearing in Venezuela or Communist China." pic.twitter.com/41krphgX8E— Dave Thomas (@DaveThomas5150) July 12, 2021
The deleted post replaced with a new clarifying post didn't stop Mr. Wood from continuing his attacks on Ms. Parker, the sanctions hearings or his false election claims, as the attorney doubled-down about not relenting in his support for Mr. Trump nor dialing back his public disdain for the current president.
After sharing a video of today's sanctions hearing on Telegram against the judge's order, Lin Wood has removed the video at the advice of his counsel. (He 100% knew he was risking being sanctioned for sharing that video.) pic.twitter.com/0FEg5xX2ha— Caroline Orr Bueno, Ph.D (@RVAwonk) July 12, 2021
And now, in the middle of a sanctions hearing focused on false claims about the 2020 election, Lin Wood is doubling down on his election lies, claiming that "Trump won." pic.twitter.com/4WYwBtnkA6— Caroline Orr Bueno, Ph.D (@RVAwonk) July 12, 2021
It is unclear whether Ms. Parker will hold Mr. Wood in contempt for simply sharing a video that he did not record, but it could become a factor as the judge mulls potential punishment at least as it concerns Mr. Wood.Back to top