A federal court in Georgia denied a motion Thursday seeking a temporary restraining order to block the certification of presidential election results from the state.
The lawsuit had been filed by L. Lin Wood, Jr., an Atlanta lawyer and supporter of President Trump, best known for representing Richard Jewell, the security guard falsely accused of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing. Wood filed his complaint on November 13, alleging that Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger and the state elections board improperly changed the process by which absentee ballots were handled and examined, contravening the will of the state’s General Assembly. He also claimed that election monitors were denied live viewing privileges of the statewide ballot audit. He requested that the court enter an injunction prohibiting the certification of the 2020 general election results for the state.
Judge Steven Grimberg was unequivocal in denying the motion: “The law is clear: A generalized grievance regarding a state government’s failure to properly follow the Elections Clause of the Constitution does not confer standing on a private citizen.” Along with determining that Wood lacked proper standing to bring the complaint, Judge Grimberg also noted the extraordinary nature of Wood’s request, saying that the “requested relief could disenfranchise a substantial portion of the electorate and erode the public’s confidence in the electoral process.” The judge further concluded that Wood would be unlikely to succeed on the merits of his claim, stating “this Court finds no basis in fact or in law to grant him the relief he seeks.”
Following the ruling, the Georgia election results were certified Friday, confirming that Joe Biden won the state.