Judge Orders “Kraken Lawyers” to Pay Michigan $175 in Legal Fees

(PatrioticPost.com)- Last Thursday, a federal judge in Michigan ordered Sidney Powell, Lin Wood, and seven other attorneys to pay $175K in attorneys’ fees to the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit.

US District Judge Linda Parker had sanctioned the lawyers in August in response to their lawsuit against the state which alleged widespread voter fraud in last year’s election. In December 2020, the judge dismissed the lawsuit, which she later described in August as a “historic and profound abuse of the judicial process.”

The Michigan lawsuit was one of four election-related cases brought by Sidney Powell in battleground states. All four eventually failed.

The nine attorneys sanctioned became known as the “Kraken Lawyers” after Powell had described their efforts to uncover voter fraud as “releasing the Kraken.”

In her ruling on Thursday, Parker said the nine lawyers will have to pay $21,964 in attorneys’ fees to the state of Michigan on behalf of Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. Parker ordered they pay the city of Detroit an additional $153,285.62 in attorneys’ fees.

The amount to the state matches the number Whitmer and Benson had requested. However, the amount to Detroit was slightly less as Judge Parker noted that the city had made a miscalculation in determining their attorneys’ fees.

In addition to ordering the “Kraken Lawyers” to pay attorneys’ fees, Parker also ordered them to attend at least twelve hours of continuing legal training specifically on the topics of election law and pleading standards. The judge also referred the lawyers to the relevant licensing disciplinary boards.

Powell and the other lawyers could still appeal Parker’s ruling. However, it is unclear if they plan to do so.

The lawyers also face possible charges in Wisconsin where Governor Tony Evers has also requested the “Kraken Lawyers” pay over $100,000 in legal fees.

Parker gave the attorneys 30 days to pay the fees. If they do appeal her ruling, however, the order will be put on hold as litigation continues.

In response to the judge’s ruling, Lin Wood told CNN that he would appeal, arguing that he was not involved in Powell’s lawsuit in Michigan.