One of the good things about no longer working for AINN is that I’m free to comment on the lawsuit filed by Bradlee Dean against the organization, something I could not do before for obvious reasons. So let me state this unequivocally: It’s one of the most moronic lawsuits ever filed and it will never survive a motion to dismiss.
I’ll put the full text of the thing below. If someone turned this in for a law school assignment they would get a failing grade, even at Liberty or Regent. After it was filed I sent it to a good friend who teaches law; he said that Larry Klayman, the attorney who filed it, will be lucky to escape Rule 11 sanctions for it — it’s that bad. In fact, I believe MSNBC at least plans to file, or perhaps has already filed, a SLAPP suit in response.
This suit is designed to do one thing and one thing only — intimidate the media into not reporting damaging information about lunatics like Bradlee Dean. He claims that it is defamation for the Minnesota Independent to have published that Dean had endorsed the killing of gay people, and Rachel Maddow also defamed him for repeating that claim. So let me quote Bradlee Dean directly from his radio show:
“Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America. This just shows you they themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible of the Judeo-Christian God, but they seem to be more moral than even the American Christians do, because these people are livid about enforcing their laws. They know homosexuality is an abomination.”
He and his co-host also spoke positively about Rwanda and its policy of imprisoning gay people:
“They are very conservative,” he said. “They sentence people for crimes against nature.”
Frontman Bradlee Dean added, “They are very moral; they uphold the laws.”
McMillian continued, “We have got countries all over the world that are standing for what’s right and what’s wrong. In Rwanda, there’s legislation right now that repeat offenders of homosexuality will spend their life in prison.”
“Yes!” interjected Dean.
“Because they love and value life and they love and value that which God gave,” said McMillian. “And so they enforce laws against that which destroys life which again is crimes against nature.”
So apparently Andy Birkey defamed Bradlee Dean by quoting him accurately. There’s no way in hell this case gets past a motion to dismiss. The complaint is little more than a bunch of political boilerplate, with hardly a legal claim to be found. Larry Klayman is simply one of the most incompetent and ridiculous attorneys in the country. He’s been sanctioned by judges before and earlier this month was reprimanded by the Florida Supreme Court for taking a $25,000 payment from a woman and then failing to do any work on her behalf. He’s been ordered to pay back $5,000 but claims he’s too poor to do so. Klayman is a joke, and a bad one at that. And his client is a bigoted thug.
Here’s the full complaint. It’s one of the worst you will ever read. The punchline to the whole thing is that the complaint claims that Maddow and Birkey defamed Dean in order to hurt Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign, but now Dean has pulled his endorsement of Bachmann and criticized her himself.