Judge grants motion for summary disposition

Linda Gallagher

TRAVERSE CITY — Citing a number of legal precedents during a Zoom hearing held Tuesday afternoon, a Circuit Court Judge granted a motion for summary disposition, effectively dismissing the case, of a lawsuit accusing Antrim County of election fraud. 

The ruling made by 13th Circuit Court Judge Kevin Elsenheimer, made during a virtual hearing held in Traverse City that was broadcast via YouTube to an audience of more than 400 people, vindicates Antrim County and Antrim County Clerk Sheryl Guy of accusations made by Central Lake resident William Bailey last fall regarding events that occurred during the November general election. 

During the brief hearing on the motion, which was requested by the State of Michigan, a co-defendant in the case that was filed in late November, Elsenheimer ticked off the six counts against Antrim County alleging fraud but took issue with only one in dismissing the case. 

In that count, which Bailey attorney William DePerno claimed that a suitable audit of the election had not taken place, Elsenheimer disagreed, citing the need for a legal basis in a lawsuit. 

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