Hearing in this case kicking off now:

Judge Paul Diamond to the Trump campaign lawyer:

Diamond: Are your observers in the counting room?
Trump campaign: "There's a non zero number of people in the room"
Diamond: "I’m asking you as a member of the bar of this court: are people representing the Donald J Trump for president, representing the plaintiffs, in that room?"

Trump campaign lawyer: "Yes."

Diamond: "I'm sorry, then what's your problem?"
Judge Diamond is... exasperated. He's getting the parties to agree poll watching rules for everyone here and now in the hearing. They're going to take a brief recess to do prepare to do that
The Trump campaign lawyer (surname Marcus, didn't catch his first name), chimes in again: "There's one other dimension to this problem".

Diamond, *loudly exhales: "Length and width? Time and space?"
Diamond's pressing the parties to agree to a resolution where Rs and Ds each get 30 observers rather than litigate this:

"The next few days if not weeks there’s going to a lot more heat than light generated ... I’d really like to avoid a dispute if really there is no dispute."
We're on a recess.

One of the points Diamond made earlier was that litigating this would require poll workers to come testify about what's going on in the counting room.

"Not that i don’t enjoy the company of strangers, [but] I’d much rather they were counting ballots."
Another exchange from earlier.

Diamond was pressing the Trump campaign lawyer to say how many observers he wanted in the counting room.

"How many you want?"
[pause] The same number as the Democrats
"Come on, come on. You've got to do better than that."
We're back from recess
Sounds like the Trump campaign lawyer has presented Judge Diamond with a diagram of the counting room.

"Whoever wrote this, don't quit your day job," Diamond jokes.
The Trump campaign lawyer began arguing about the # of feet away from the counting tables that their observers had a right to be. Diamond interrupted:

"You don't have the right to be within 100 feet. You have the right maybe to be treated equally as recognised by a state court"
One of the sore points for Judge Diamond is he's being asked to deal with an issue that's going to be moot soon when the count is done.

"We’re talking about a day or two, just pick a number [of observers] ... what would the parties like?"
They settle on up to 60 observers each for Democrats and Republicans.

Judge Diamond dismisses the Trump campaign lawsuit without prejudice as moot given the agreement
Diamond issued a warning to both parties reminding them if he determined "one side or the other has not acted in good faith" then he had "jurisdiction to police the conduct of parties and counsel before me".
"If we can show the world that both sides can act reasonably to resolve this, that would be wonderful."

The hearing's over

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