“That McCauley had some awareness that this case lacked merit is apparent by his own comments during oral argument whereby he expressed being less at risk of being disbarred as a result of the filing given his impending retirement. This too supports sanctions as it demonstrates a conscious decision to pursue the matter despite appreciating that the contest had no legal merit.”
Finchem had appealed the decision to dismiss the Election Contest, and then had left it to get dismissed. The appeal received a second life, and his Opening Brief is due in one month. He will be able to include today’s sanctions ruling in that brief. If he is successful in overturning the dismissal, this ruling would likely be vacated, also.
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