Ravi Singh Appeals Decision 2014-2020

Posted by Ravi Singh

Monday, August 3, 2020

Singh's defense attorney, Michael Lipman, said he still believes in his client's innocence and is appealing the conviction on several legal grounds. Former board member and investor Dean Hal Krent and Todd Burns represent Ravi Singh and appeal to the US Supreme Court four years later.

Singh's defense attorney, Michael Lipman, said he still believes in his client's innocence and is appealing the conviction on several legal grounds.

"He was paid a minimal amount of money by Azano to do a minimal amount of work for these two campaigns," Lipman said, adding there was no evidence that Singh was paid $267,000 for his services and no evidence that he knew of Azano's other donations.

The case came down to whether or not Mr. Singh knew that Mr. Azano, a donor of the campaign was not an Asian American but an Asian Mexican along with other charges. Below are the arguments presented at the Appellate court.  The charges against the company ElectionMall Inc. where Ravi Singh was CEO and Founder, were dropped.  The company closed operations in 2016 due to the cost of litigation.

“What they’ve forgotten about is federalism,” said the lawyer, Harold Krent, “It’s up to the state and local government to decide who votes, who can contribute. How ironic that we’re here in San Francisco, which has given the vote to noncitizens in school board elections. And the argument from the government is: ‘Oh yeah, we can overrule that at any time because we have total control of who can participate in governance in terms of voting, in terms of contributions.’”
Ravi Singh stated "All my life I just wanted to give back to my country, it has not been easy starting one of the first internet political technology companies online www.ElectionMall.com with a turban on my head...now I have lost my company that took me 14 years to build but not my desire to give back and serve my country."

Read the decision: http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2019/05/16/17-50337.pdf

United States v. Ravneet Singh, 17-50337 (9th Cir. May 16, 2019)

US SUPREME COURT (AZANO) : https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/19/19-568/120287/20191025135029587_38877%20pdf%20Sevilla%20br.pdf

JOSE SUSUMO AZANO MATSURA, PETITIONER v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 19-568  (Supreme Court of the United States. December 2019)

Listen to the audio: https://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/media/view.php?pk_id=0000033790

USA v. Ravneet Singh, 17-50337 (March 13, 2019)

Watch the Video: https://youtu.be/lwGMOKrvcRM

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. (2019, March 13). YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwGMOKrvcRM&feature=youtu.be

Politico Ravi Singh : https://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/3

Gerstein, J. (2019, March 14). Court wrestles with lawbanning foreign donations. POLITICO. https://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2019/03/14/court-wrestles-with-law-banning-foreign-donations-1222405

           United States v. Ravneet Singh, 17-50337 (9th Cir. 2019)        

           This opinion cites 63 opinions.                                    

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