Mr. Trump and his Virginia and national delegates won a huge victory today.
The Eastern District of Virginia (Richmond) ruled what the Virginia Trump Campaign said all along: the delegates are bound by the election results of Virginia’s March 1 Super Tuesday primary.
Elections matter. Voters matter. The people matter.
Republican Party Rule 16 states that delegates are bound to vote in accordance with election results.
The narrow ruling by Judge Payne instructed that Mr. Correll has to follow the rule of the people.
The court rejected Correll’s request to unbind.
Correll has to vote in accordance with the will of the people as determined by the results of the primary on Super Tuesday.
Frankly, Mr. Correll is in a worse position.
He never really had any say, but now it’s official.
Virginia’s 1,000,000 primary voters settled that on March 1st — Judge Payne confirmed it on July 11th.
On Republican Party Rule 16, the Court credits our expert witness’ Jesse Binnall’s testimony because it is logical and supported by the text of the rules.
On the contrary, Curly Haugland, Correll’s star witness who is peddling the fictional book “Unbound” to gullible buyers, was ruled to have no standing.
The unbound fantasy theory concocted by their own experts was disregarded by Judge Payne.
Frankly, this is an embarrassingly devastating loss to the unbound crowd and a repudiation of their nefarious thesis of nullifying 50 primaries and caucuses around the country because a handful of delegates didn’t like the result.
The court did enjoin for Correll, so he can’t be prosecuted. Correll lost everything else.
And it’s a win for those of us who intervened in this case.
The court gave the precise ruling we — the interveners–wanted. We celebrate!
Curly Haugland is still a clown, and his views on Rule 16 were found by the court to have no textual standing.
Haughland’s views were significantly undermined by the Defendants’ impeachment using passages from Haughland & Parnell’s publication (e.g.,Tr. Jul. 7, 2016 82:10-93:3), and by the fact that Haugland’s views on RNC Rule 16 lack any textual support
As far as Mr. Correll, he can vote in his mind for Sen. Ted Cruz, and make believe he is the reason Cruz will get the eight delegates awarded to him by the primary election results and sent up to the podium by the secretary.
Bottom line: The court finds that RNC Rule 16 is in effect presently and that it controls the allocation and binding of delegates as to their voting at the convention.
Mr. Trump will be the 2016 GOP nominee.