In a story RagingElephantsRadio.com published on February 22, 2017 we reported on how the Travis County Attorney David Escamilla, has filed a lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to avoid compliance of an open records request made by election integrity activist, Dr. Laura Pressley.
Pressley filed an open records request in the summer of 2016, leading up to the general election, to obtain emails from the Travis County Elections office that made any reference to the Texas Secretary of State’s office, Harris County, Travis County, and Hart Intercivic, the company that manufactures the electronic voting machines that dominate Texas elections.
The Travis County lawsuit seeks to keep nine pages of emails out of the hands of Dr. Pressley that the Texas AG’s office has said should be turned over to Pressley.
The lawsuit, as filed by the Travis County Attorney, contains a major factual flaw in Article VI: Facts. Escamilla maintains in the lawsuit that the motivation for Dr. Pressley’s open records request was related to her own legal case that challenges the outcome of the election in her bid for Austin City Council in 2014.
In her interview with RagingElephantsRadio.com, Pressley flatly denies that her motivation had anything to do with her own legal battles and there was no linkage to her own legal defense. A RagingElephantsRadio.com article authored by RERcontributor James Keller, gave the timeline of Dr. Pressley’s legal case that was in front of the Texas 3rd Circuit of Appeals at the time of the open records request in dispute.
In Keller’s RER article, he reports:
“The lower trial court dismissed her election contest case ‘for lack of evidence’ and fined her personally $40K and her attorney $50k, later offering to lift the draconian fines if she would not appeal the case.
But she did appeal the case in 2015, and gave oral arguments in April 2016, and the Austin Third Court finally ruled 8 months later, after the 2016 General Election, on December 23 – the Day that Governments ‘take out the trash’ while no one is watching. The Austin Third Court upheld the lower court, and added $25k to the fine! Make no mistake, a message was sent to any candidate who believes or knows that their election was stolen – don’t even think about it. Meanwhile, a major voting equipment manufacturer is lobbying hard to prevent a paper ballot requirement.”
As the above excerpt points out, Pressley appealed her case all the way back in 2015. More importantly, oral arguments for the appeal were complete in April of 2016 and the case was in the hands of the judges for six months by the time Pressley submitted her open records request to the Travis County Elections office.
Apparently, there is something about the Pressley legal case that causes much concern at various levels of governance that’s in charge of election integrity.
In this RERhotclip, Dr. Pressley gives the precise reasons and motivation that led her to submit the open records request. Generally, she was investigating the systematic dismantling of safeguards that provide the ability to prevent and/or detect voting irregularities. She was trying to find out why operatives in the Texas Secretary of State’s office were unilaterally issuing waivers to Texas County Clerks to break Texas Election Code, and other stressful matters dealing with the proper conduct of Texas elections.
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