Rep. Devin Nunes Now Threatening To Sue Fellow Congressional Reps

from the frivolous-lawsuits-for-everyone dept

It really wasn't that long ago that Rep. Devin Nunes was a co-sponsor of the Discouraging Frivolous Lawsuits Act. Of course, since then, he's been filing a whole bunch of frivolous lawsuits against news organizations, journalists, political operatives, critics, and, most famously, a satirical internet cow.

At times he's admitted that these lawsuits are about fishing for journalist's sources, but it certainly seems pretty clear that this is all an intimidation campaign, by a silly little man who is an elected representative in Congress and simply can't handle criticism. Of course, as more evidence comes out that, at the very least, suggests that Nunes is somehow tied up with all of the mess around impeachment -- including reports revealing that the indicted Lev Parnas spoke by phone with Nunes -- he seems to be getting more and more upset with anyone calling him out.

The latest is that fellow California Representative Ted Lieu noted on Twitter that Nunes' lawyer sent him a letter threatening to sue Lieu for saying "that Nunes conspired with Parnas."

Unfortunately, Lieu hasn't yet released that letter, but I'm hoping he does. I'd be curious to see if Nunes tries to sue Lieu in Virginia like most of his other lawsuits, rather than California. Also, I'd love to see how Nunes and his lawyer think they can get around the Speech or Debate Clause.

In the meantime, Ted Lieu, we really could use more people in Congress supporting a federal anti-SLAPP law. Seems like now might be a good time for you to support such a law, right?

Filed Under: 1st amendment, anti-slapp, defamation, devin nunes, free speech, lev parnas, slapp, speech or debate clause, ted lieu, threats


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    That One Guy (profile), 16 Jan 2020 @ 9:06pm

    Losing the battle but winning the fundraiser

    That's the thing though, if the goal isn't so much to win as it is to chill speech and/or get attention from the gullible even a legal loss can be spun to help him.

    If he gets (rightly) curbstomped in court he just needs to point at that and cry about how much of a 'victim' he is and how even the courts are against him, and the money will almost certainly flow in from those foolish enough to buy the sob story, and even a win for the defendants will be likely be costly to them due to a lack of a strong federal anti-SLAPP, which is likely to make less well-funded people hesitant to speak out for fear that they might be next.

    Probably the biggest problem with SLAPP suits, what makes them so effective and why it's so important to have strong anti-SLAPP laws is that winning the lawsuit isn't the point, and in fact even a loss can still accomplish the goal of draining resources from the target such that the only win possible for the target is a pyrrhic one.


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