Some new developments for my old pal Jason Van Dyke, attorney for Gavin McInnes and the Proud Boys and a violence-threatening white supremacist who has threatened to sue me more than once. He’s in major legal trouble and possibly facing both jail time and the loss of his license with the Texas Bar Association.
First, he dropped the $100 million lawsuit he filed against Tom Retzlaff, who had outed him as a white supremacist who often threatened to kill people he didn’t like to his bosses and got him fired from two jobs (one at the Victoria County District Attorney’s Office, for crying out loud — great place for a white supremacist). He had a less than zero chance of winning the case to begin with, truth being an absolute defense against a defamation suit.
But that’s just the beginning. He was charged with filing a false police report for allegedly claiming several of his guns were stolen when they weren’t. After threatening to kill Retzlaff, the district attorney in that case filed a motion to have his $1000 bond increased or revoked. He had a hearing on that in December, but he didn’t show up for it, which resulted in his bond being revoked. A week ago he turned himself in to authorities and is apparently now in jail pending trial on the false police report charge.
He also faces a disbarment proceeding by the Texas Bar Association. Late last month he reached an agreement for a “probated suspension,” which I believe means that he can continue to practice law, but under a probationary period where if he does anything else improper, he’ll be stripped of his license. But now he faces a second grievance, filed by Retzlaff over the death threats. At this point, it’s hard to imagine he’ll keep his license, but this is Texas so we’ll see what happens.
It’s good to see people like Van Dyke get what’s coming to them. We’re still a long way from him getting all that he deserves, but at least it’s a start. Hopefully his habit of sending death threats to people will put him in jail for a good long time. He is a clear and present danger to society.