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Memorial Day 2021: Stars honor military personnel who have fallen

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Memorial Day honors those who have fallen during military action in the United States. 

The country took in a three day weekend while reflecting on those whose lives were cut short as graves were visited and families mourned.

President Joe Biden spoke during the National Memorial Day Observance at the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery on Monday in Arlington, Virginia.

And celebrities took to social media to pay their respects to those who served their country as they quoted authors and posted powerful images.

Powerful image: Mark Wahlberg shared a photo of a soldier putting flags on graves as he said: 'Respect. Honor. Remember. ❤️ They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. — For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon'

Powerful image: Mark Wahlberg shared a photo of a soldier putting flags on graves as he said: ‘Respect. Honor. Remember. ❤️ They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. — For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon’

A patriot: Wahlberg seen in a cap and T-shirt earlier this year in Australia

A patriot: Wahlberg seen in a cap and T-shirt earlier this year in Australia

Mark Wahlberg, Chris Pratt, Reese Witherspoon, Rob Lowe, Kris Jenner, Alex Rodriguez, Viola David, Jessie James Decker, Niecy Nash and Leah Remini were just some of the few who wrote special notes to those who gave their lives.

Wahlberg shared a photo of a soldier putting flags on graves as he said: ‘Respect. Honor. Remember. ❤️ They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 

‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. — For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon.’

The 49-year-old Shooter actor added, ‘Sharing this powerful photo by Gordon Lau.’

Witherspoon said on her Draper James Instagram page: ‘Land of the free because of the brave.’ 

Pratt of Jurassic World fame had a long and very touching post with a gut-wrenching photo gallery. 

‘I saw these images on @timkennedymma feed. Please, look at each one. Pause, give them your consideration,’ the husband of Katherine Schwarzenegger began.

Paused: Chris Pratt of Jurassic World fame had a long and very touching post. 'I saw these images on @timkennedymma feed. Please, look at each one. Pause, give them your consideration,' the husband of Katherine Schwarzenegger began

Paused: Chris Pratt of Jurassic World fame had a long and very touching post. ‘I saw these images on @timkennedymma feed. Please, look at each one. Pause, give them your consideration,’ the husband of Katherine Schwarzenegger began

Red carpet world: Pratt attends the premiere of Lionsgate's The Kid at ArcLight Hollywood on in 2019 in Hollywood

Red carpet world: Pratt attends the premiere of Lionsgate’s The Kid at ArcLight Hollywood on in 2019 in Hollywood

‘America’s exceptional armed forces have altered the course of the world for the better. From the Union Army defeating slave owning confederates, to the Greatest Generation and her Allies vanquishing the Nazis or our special operators hunting down the perpetrators of 9/11. 

‘We count the names of each fallen solider lest they be countless. They are the good guys. They run to the sound of gunfire. They know pain and suffering we never will. They have given us the most free and decent society planet earth has ever seen.’

The action star added: ‘We run the risk of losing that decency when we fail to instill gratitude in the minds of our youth or the perspective of what it actually means to be free- should they never learn of the selfless sacrifice of our armed service members in the face of oppressive evil.’

Well said: 'America’s exceptional armed forces have altered the course of the world for the better. From the Union Army defeating slave owning confederates, to the Greatest Generation and her Allies vanquishing the Nazis or our special operators hunting down the perpetrators of 9/11.

For the brave:  'We count the names of each fallen solider lest they be countless. They are the good guys. They run to the sound of gunfire. They know pain and suffering we never will,' said the actor

Well said: ‘America’s exceptional armed forces have altered the course of the world for the better. From the Union Army defeating slave owning confederates, to the Greatest Generation and her Allies vanquishing the Nazis or our special operators hunting down the perpetrators of 9/11. We count the names of each fallen solider lest they be countless. They are the good guys. They run to the sound of gunfire. They know pain and suffering we never will,’ said the actor

Straight to the heart:' They have given us the most free and decent society planet earth has ever seen.' Pratt added: 'We run the risk of losing that decency when we fail to instill gratitude in the minds of our youth or the perspective of what it actually means to be free- should they never learn of the selfless sacrifice of our armed service members in the face of oppressive evil,' added the former Parks And Recreation star

Straight to the heart:’ They have given us the most free and decent society planet earth has ever seen.’ Pratt added: ‘We run the risk of losing that decency when we fail to instill gratitude in the minds of our youth or the perspective of what it actually means to be free- should they never learn of the selfless sacrifice of our armed service members in the face of oppressive evil,’ added the former Parks And Recreation star

The former Parks And Recreation actor then shared: ‘So join me in showing support for our fallen. Take a quiet moment to really consider the sacrifice. 

‘And if you use the comments section on posts like this to bitch and moan about America please understand there are countries in the world where criticizing your government will get you killed or imprisoned. 

‘Criticism is a right and necessity in amending the flawed systems of man. So by all means, let your voice be heard. But never forget your right to free expression is paid for in blood. May God give their souls rest, and may they live in our memories this weekend and always.’ 

For the brave: Reese Witherspoon said on her Draper James Instagram page: 'Land of the free because of the brave'

For the brave: Reese Witherspoon said on her Draper James Instagram page: ‘Land of the free because of the brave’

Lady in red: Witherspoon at the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station in April in downtown Los Angeles

Lady in red: Witherspoon at the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station in April in downtown Los Angeles

Kris Jenner of Keeping Up With The Kardashians shared a photo of a US flag with this note: ‘Today we remember the heroes who have fallen, the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country and our freedom. We honor them today, and thank them and their families. #MemorialDay.’ 

Khloe Kardashian shared an image of the American flag with the note: ‘Memorial Day 2021, Remembering Our Heroes.’

Rob Lowe shared a photo of American flags as he said: ‘This weekend is not about eating hot dogs with friends and family and going to the beach or pool. It’s about honoring those who paid the ultimate price allowing us to do those things. WE REMEMBER YOU!’

Jessie James Decker was seen planting in her garden as she wore a tank top and ripped jeans.

‘Once again, I’ve teamed up with @USAA to raise awareness for the true meaning of Memorial Day – honoring the service and sacrifice of fallen military members and their loved ones across the country,’ began the country singer who is married to former football player Eric Decker. 

Remember: Rob Lowe shared a photo of American flags as he said: 'This weekend is not about eating hot dogs with friends and family and going to the beach or pool. It’s about honoring those who paid the ultimate price allowing us to do those things. WE REMEMBER YOU!'

Remember: Rob Lowe shared a photo of American flags as he said: ‘This weekend is not about eating hot dogs with friends and family and going to the beach or pool. It’s about honoring those who paid the ultimate price allowing us to do those things. WE REMEMBER YOU!’

So A-Rod of him: Jennifer Lopez's ex Alex Rodriguez posted an image of himself on the baseball field with the American flag and members of the military in front of him. 'Today we honor the brave men and women of our military who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. We are forever indebted and grateful. #MemorialDay,' said the father of two who used to play with the Yankees

So A-Rod of him: Jennifer Lopez’s ex Alex Rodriguez posted an image of himself on the baseball field with the American flag and members of the military in front of him. ‘Today we honor the brave men and women of our military who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. We are forever indebted and grateful. #MemorialDay,’ said the father of two who used to play with the Yankees

From America's momager: Kris Jenner said, ''Today we remember the heroes who have fallen'

From America’s momager: Kris Jenner said, ”Today we remember the heroes who have fallen’

Another note: Jenner's daughter Khloe Kardashian shared an image of the American flag with the note: 'Memorial Day 2021, Remembering Our Heroes'

Another note: Jenner’s daughter Khloe Kardashian shared an image of the American flag with the note: ‘Memorial Day 2021, Remembering Our Heroes’

Today we remember all: Jada Pinkett Smith told followers to know their Memorial Day history

Today we remember all: Jada Pinkett Smith told followers to know their Memorial Day history

‘This holiday has always been super important to me because I come from a military family, and I understand the importance of the sacrifice that service members have to make.’

The Kittenish designer added, ‘This year before leaving, I planted a poppy flower to commemorate the many men and women who have given their lives fighting for their country and to honor my paw paw Tim who also went by the name Poppy. 

‘Help me pay tribute to them and their families by posting pictures with #HonorThroughAction today. #USAAPartner.’ 

From Austin, Texas: Matthew McConaughey shared a closeup photo of himself as he said in his caption, 'Honor honor. Remember'

From Austin, Texas: Matthew McConaughey shared a closeup photo of himself as he said in his caption, ‘Honor honor. Remember’

The past: Viola Davis, 55, of The Help shared a video. 'In the words of my daughter, Genesis Tennon, "You can't educate if you're not educated." So....here's some education on this beautiful #MemorialDay! Be blessed❤ @history'

The past: Viola Davis, 55, of The Help shared a video. ‘In the words of my daughter, Genesis Tennon, “You can’t educate if you’re not educated.” So….here’s some education on this beautiful #MemorialDay! Be blessed❤ @history’

Jada Pinkett Smith told followers to know their Memorial Day history.

Leah Remini of the TV show King Of Queens said: ‘“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. 

‘It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” May we remember & honor them.’ 

Sonja Morgan from RHONY was seen in Virginia with a burning wood pile.

Helping: Jessie James Decker was seen planting in her garden as she wore a tank top and ripped jeans. 'Once again, I’ve teamed up with @USAA to raise awareness for the true meaning of Memorial Day – honoring the service and sacrifice of fallen military members and their loved ones across the country,' began the country singer who is married to former football player Eric Decker

Helping: Jessie James Decker was seen planting in her garden as she wore a tank top and ripped jeans. ‘Once again, I’ve teamed up with @USAA to raise awareness for the true meaning of Memorial Day – honoring the service and sacrifice of fallen military members and their loved ones across the country,’ began the country singer who is married to former football player Eric Decker

Family: She added, 'to honor my paw paw Tim who also went by the name Poppy. Help me pay tribute to them and their families by posting pictures with #HonorThroughAction today. #USAAPartner'

Family: She added, ‘to honor my paw paw Tim who also went by the name Poppy. Help me pay tribute to them and their families by posting pictures with #HonorThroughAction today. #USAAPartner’

Ride on: Kaley Cuoco of the TV series Big Bang Theory and Flight Attendant posted an image of a person riding a horse while holding up the American flag. 'Remembering those who died to keep us safe, and honoring those who continue to do so,' said the blonde as she added a red heart

Ride on: Kaley Cuoco of the TV series Big Bang Theory and Flight Attendant posted an image of a person riding a horse while holding up the American flag. ‘Remembering those who died to keep us safe, and honoring those who continue to do so,’ said the blonde as she added a red heart

‘In #Virginia with family for the #MemorialDay weekend. Where are you guys?’ she said.

And then she shared a photo from Arlington Cemetery. ‘Give thanks to everyone who fought for our freedom and sacrificed their lives. I am thinking of all family members who have lost a loved one. ❤️ Remember our hero’s. Always. Please comment below if you lost a brave hero. #memorialday #USA #Freedom #ProudAmerican.’

Jaclyn Smith of Charlie’s Angels fame shared a photo of her father in uniform: ‘Sending love and gratitude to the service men and women who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Thank you and thank you to your families for your service,’ she began.

His view: Michael Douglas of Basic Instinct and the Kominsky Method fame shared a profile photo as he said, 'Today we honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice'

His view: Michael Douglas of Basic Instinct and the Kominsky Method fame shared a profile photo as he said, ‘Today we honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice’

Thank you! Sarah Michelle Gellar shared, 'A hero is someone that understands the responsibility that comes with freedom'

Thank you! Sarah Michelle Gellar shared, ‘A hero is someone that understands the responsibility that comes with freedom’

‘Although my father (pictured here) didn’t lose his life in the line of duty, he loved being in the Navy and today, Memorial Day, I’m reminded of a favorite quote of his from John McCrae, “Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high. 

“‘If ye break faith with us who die we shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders fields.” #memorialday.’

Michael Douglas of Basic Instinct and the Kominsky Method fame shared a profile photo as he said, ‘Today we honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.’

Sweet: Jaclyn Smith of Charlie's Angels fame shared a photo of her father in uniform: 'Sending love and gratitude to the service men and women who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Thank you and thank you to your families for your service,' she began

Sweet: Jaclyn Smith of Charlie’s Angels fame shared a photo of her father in uniform: ‘Sending love and gratitude to the service men and women who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Thank you and thank you to your families for your service,’ she began

Dad: 'Although my father (pictured here) didn’t lose his life in the line of duty, he loved being in the Navy and today, Memorial Day, I’m reminded of a favorite quote of his from John McCrae, “Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high,"' she added

Dad: ‘Although my father (pictured here) didn’t lose his life in the line of duty, he loved being in the Navy and today, Memorial Day, I’m reminded of a favorite quote of his from John McCrae, “Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high,”‘ she added

Thank you to all: Meghan King said in her post, 'In memory of many, in honor of all, thank you'

Thank you to all: Meghan King said in her post, ‘In memory of many, in honor of all, thank you’

Sarah Michelle Gellar – best known for her show Buffy The Vampire Slayer – shared, ‘A hero is someone that understands the responsibility that comes with freedom.’ 

Kaley Cuoco of the TV series Big Bang Theory and Flight Attendant posted an image of a person riding a horse while holding up the American flag. 

‘Remembering those who died to keep us safe, and honoring those who continue to do so,’ said the blonde as she added a red heart.

Niecy Nash shared a drawing of a solider: ‘This MEMORIAL DAY ….Remembering those Black soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for a nation that did not honor them. We don’t KNOW them all but we OWE them all.’

For all: Niecy Nash shared a drawing of a solider: 'This MEMORIAL DAY ....Remembering those Black soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for a nation that did not honor them. We don't KNOW them all but we OWE them all'

For all: Niecy Nash shared a drawing of a solider: ‘This MEMORIAL DAY ….Remembering those Black soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for a nation that did not honor them. We don’t KNOW them all but we OWE them all’

From VA: Sonja Morgan from RHONY was seen in Virginia with a burning wood pile. 'In #Virginia with family for the #MemorialDay weekend. Where are you guys?' she said

From VA: Sonja Morgan from RHONY was seen in Virginia with a burning wood pile. ‘In #Virginia with family for the #MemorialDay weekend. Where are you guys?’ she said

Touching: Leah Remini of the TV show King Of Queens said: '“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” May we remember & honor them'

Touching: Leah Remini of the TV show King Of Queens said: ‘“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” May we remember & honor them’

Jennifer Lopez’s ex Alex Rodriguez posted an image of himself on the baseball field with the American flag and members of the military in front of him.

‘Today we honor the brave men and women of our military who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. We are forever indebted and grateful. #MemorialDay,’ said the father of two who used to play with the Yankees. 

Viola Davis, 55, of The Help shared a video.

‘In the words of my daughter, Genesis Tennon, “You can’t educate if you’re not educated.” So….here’s some education on this beautiful #MemorialDay! Be blessed❤ @history.’

Honoring those who passed: President Joe Biden speaks during the National Memorial Day Observance at the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery, Monday, May 31, 2021, in Arlington, Virginia

Honoring those who passed: President Joe Biden speaks during the National Memorial Day Observance at the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery, Monday, May 31, 2021, in Arlington, Virginia

Together: Biden arrives with Vice President Kamala Harris to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day in Arlington

Together: Biden arrives with Vice President Kamala Harris to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day in Arlington

Matthew McConaughey shared a closeup photo of himself as he said in his caption, ‘Honor honor. Remember.’ 

His wife Camila noted: ‘Home of the free because of the brave…May the bravery of our nation’s soldiers who fought for our freedom forever be remembered and their strength and love remain with their loved ones. Have a safe and special everyone! ❤️’

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day to honor and mourn those who died while serving in the U.S. military. 

Two other days celebrate those who have served or are serving in the U.S. military: Armed Forces Day (which is earlier in May), an unofficial U.S. holiday for honoring those currently serving in the armed forces, and Veterans Day (on November 11), which honors those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. 

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Woman passenger from UK tests Covid positive at Hyderabad airport

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Hyderabad: A 35-year-old international passenger who reached the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here on Wednesday has tested positive for Covid-19 after undergoing an RT-PCR test at the airport itself. The woman passenger had traveled from the United Kingdom, which has been categorised as an ‘At Risk Country’. 

The passenger has been admitted to the Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS) and samples were collected and sent for genetic sequencing. Officials said she did not have any symptoms and that her health condition was being monitored closely. 

According to officials, the woman hails from Rangareddy district and was on a visit to UK from Hyderabad. Though her close relatives tested negative, their health condition is also being monitored. 


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Revealed: how Sidney Powell could be disbarred for lying in court for Trump | US elections 2020

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Sidney Powell, the former lawyer for Donald Trump who filed lawsuits across America for the former president, hoping to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, has on several occasions represented to federal courts that people were co-counsel or plaintiffs in her cases without seeking their permission to do so, the Guardian has learned.

Some of these individuals say that they only found out that Powell had named them once the cases were already filed.

During this same period of time, Powell also named several other lawyers – with their permission in those instances – as co-counsel in her election-related cases, despite the fact that they played virtually no role whatsoever in bringing or litigating those cases.

Both Powell’s naming of other people as plaintiffs or co-counsel without their consent and representing that other attorneys were central to her cases when, in fact, their roles were nominal or nonexistent, constitute serious potential violations of the American Bar Association model rules for professional conduct, top legal ethicists told the Guardian.

Powell’s misrepresentations to the courts in those particular instances often aided fundraising for her nonprofit, Defending the Republic. Powell had told prospective donors that the attorneys were integral members of an “elite strike force” who had played outsized roles in her cases – when in fact they were barely involved if at all.

A couple poses for a photo in front of a Trump campaign bus at a rally in Alpharetta, Georgia, on 2 December 2020.
A couple poses for a photo in front of a Trump campaign bus at a rally in Alpharetta, Georgia, on 2 December 2020. Photograph: Nathan Posner/REX/Shutterstock

Powell did not respond to multiple requests for comment via phone, email, and over social media.

The State Bar of Texas is already investigating Powell for making other allegedly false and misleading statements to federal courts by propagating increasingly implausible conspiracy theories to federal courts that Joe Biden’s election as president of the United States was illegitimate.

The Texas bar held its first closed-door hearing regarding the allegations about Powell on 4 November. Investigations by state bar associations are ordinarily conducted behind closed doors and thus largely opaque to the public.

A federal grand jury has also been separately investigating Powell, Defending the Republic, as well as a political action committee that goes by the same name, for fundraising fraud, according to records reviewed by the Guardian.

Among those who have alleged that Powell falsely named them as co-counsel is attorney Linn Wood, who brought and litigated with Powell many of her lawsuits attempting to overturn the results of the election with her, including in the hotly contested state of Michigan.

The Michigan case was a futile attempt by Powell to erase Joe Biden’s victory in that state and name Trump as the winner. On 25 August, federal district court Judge Linda Parker, of Michigan, sanctioned Powell and nine other attorneys who worked with her for having engaged in “a historic and profound abuse of the judicial process” in bringing the case in the first place. Powell’s claims of election fraud, Parker asserted, had no basis in law and were solely based on “speculation, conjecture, and unwarranted suspicion”.

Parker further concluded that the conduct of Powell, Wood, and the eight other attorneys who they worked with, warranted a “referral for investigation and possible suspension or disbarment to the appropriate disciplinary authority for each state … in which each attorney is admitted”.

Wood told the court in the Michigan case that Powell had wrongly named him as one of her co-counsel in the Michigan case. During a hearing in the case to determine whether to sanction Wood, his defense largely rested on his claim that he had not been involved in the case at all. Powell, Wood told the court, had put his name on the lawsuit without her even telling him.

A man holds a sign reading "The dead cannot vote" at a rally in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Trump supporters attend a rally in Alpharetta, Georgia, where Sidney Powell spoke on efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Photograph: Nathan Posner/REX/Shutterstock

Wood said: “I do not specifically recall being asked about the Michigan complaint … In this case obviously my name was included. My experience or my skills apparently were never needed, so I didn’t have any involvement with it.”

Wood’s attorney, Paul Stablein, was also categorical in asserting that his client had nothing to do with the case, telling the Guardian in an interview: “He didn’t draft the complaint. He didn’t sign it. He did not authorize anyone to put his name on it.”

Powell has denied she would have ever named Wood as a co-counsel without Wood’s permission.

But other people have since come forward to say that Powell has said that they were named as plaintiffs or lawyers in her election-related cases without their permission.

In a Wisconsin voting case, a former Republican candidate for Congress, Derrick Van Orden, said he only learned after the fact that he had been named as a plaintiff in one of Powell’s cases.

“I learned through social media today that my name was included in a lawsuit without my permission,” Van Orden said in a statement he posted on Twitter, “To be clear, I am not involved in the lawsuit seeking to overturn the election in Wisconsin.”

Jason Shepherd, the Republican chairman of Georgia’s Cobb county, was similarly listed as a plaintiff in a Georgia election case without his approval.

In a 26 November 2020 statement, Shepherd said he had been talking to an associate of Powell’s prior to the case’s filing about the “Cobb GOP being a plaintiff” but said he first “needed more information to at least make sure the executive officers were in agreeing to us being a party in the suit”. The Cobb County Republican party later agreed to remain plaintiffs in the case instead of withdrawing.

Leslie Levin, a professor at the University of Connecticut Law School, said in an interview: “Misrepresentations to the court are very serious because lawyers are officers of the court. Bringing a lawsuit in someone’s name when they haven’t consented to being a party is a very serious misrepresentation and one for which a lawyer should expect to face serious discipline.”

Nora Freeman Engstrom, a law professor at Stanford University, says that Powell’s actions appear to violate Rule 3.3 of the ABA’s model rules of professional misconduct which hold that “a lawyer shall not knowingly … make a false statement of fact of law to a tribunal”.

Since election day last year, federal and state courts have dismissed more than 60 lawsuits alleging electoral fraud and irregularities by Powell, and other Trump allies.

Shortly after the election, Trump named Powell as a senior member of an “elite strike force” who would prove that Joe Biden only won the 2020 presidential race because the election was stolen from him. But Trump refused to pay her for her services. To remedy this, Powell set up a new nonprofit called Defending the Republic; its stated purpose is to “protect the integrity of elections in the United States”.

As a nonprofit, the group is allowed to raise unlimited amounts of “dark money” and donors are legally protected from the ordinary requirements to disclose their identities to the public. Powell warned supporters that for her to succeed, “millions of dollars must be raised”.

Echoing Trump’s rhetoric, Powell told prospective donors that Defending the Republic had a vast team of experienced litigators.

Sidney Powell speaks at a press conference on election results in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Sidney Powell speaks at a press conference on election results in Alpharetta, Georgia. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

Among the attorneys who Powell said made up this “taskforce” were Emily Newman, who had served Trump as the White House liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services and as a senior official with the Department of Homeland Security. Newman had been a founding board member of Defending the Republic.

But facing sanctions in the Michigan case, some of the attorneys attempted to distance themselves from having played much of a meaningful role in her litigation.

Newman’s attorney told Parker, the judge, that Newman had “not played a role in the drafting of the complaint … My client was a contract lawyer working from home who spent maybe five hours on this matter. She really wasn’t involved … Her role was de minimis.”

To have standing to file her Michigan case, Powell was initially unable to find a local attorney to be co-counsel on her case but eventually attorney Gregory Rohl agreed to help out.

But when Rohl was sanctioned by Parker and referred to the Michigan attorney disciplinary board for further investigation, his defense was that he, too, was barely involved in the case. He claimed that he only received a copy of “the already prepared” 830-page initial complaint at the last minute, reviewed it for “well over an hour”, while then “making no additions, decisions or corrections” to the original.

As with Newman, Parker, found that Rohl violated ethics rules by making little, if any, effort to verify the facts of the claims in Powell’s filings.

In sanctioning Rohl, the judge wrote that “the court finds it exceedingly difficult to believe that Rohl read an 830-page complaint in just ‘well over an hour’ on the day he filed it. So, Rohl’s argument in and of itself reveals sanctionable conduct.”

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The government on Thursday will table ‘The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill 2021’ in the Lok Sabha. A discussion on Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and its various related aspects is also likely to take place in the lower House.


Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will move the ‘The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill’ in the Lok Sabha to amend the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Act, 1998.





Under rule 193, a discussion on Covid-19 pandemic and various aspects related to it will likely take place. According to sources, the members may also raise their concern and ask for the government’s preparedness for the new Omicron variant. Under Rule 193, members can seek details about the new Covid variant. “Short duration discussion is likely to be held in the Lok Sabha on the Covid and its various aspects, including new Omicron variant,” sources said.


Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Prahlad Singh Patel, General V.K. Singh, Krishan Pal, Bhanu Pratap Verma, Rameshwar Teli and Kaushal Kishore will lay papers on the table. Reports and action reports of different standing committees will also be laid in the day.


The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Amendment) Bill 2021 (ART) by voice vote as the amendments moved by the DMK MP N.K. Prem Chandran, Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy and Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut were negated. The ART Bill seeks to regulate fertility clinics. All such clinics will have to be registered under the National Registry of Banks and Clinics of India.


The opposition is likely to continue to raise its voices on price rise, unemployment and extended jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) in some states. The opposition parties are also demanding a law guaranteeing the minimum support price (MSP).

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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