ICYMI, Devin Nunes is suing Twitter for $250MM, in part because the parody account Devin Nunes' Cow hasn't been shut down. Hilarity ensues.Devin Nunes' Yacht @Corteran 8h8 hours ago
The sheer number of Devin Nunes' family and farm animal accounts showing up on Twitter is glorious.
cf: the Streisand EffectSusan HennesseyVerified account @Susan_Hennessey
This contains a lot of funny stuff. But what it actually is is a politician attempting to abuse the judicial process in order to scare people out of criticizing him by proving that he can cost them a lot in legal fees.
Aaron Blake @AaronBlake · 11h
Soon to be followed by accounts for Devin Nunes' Horse, Devin Nunes' Chicken, Devin Nunes' Dog, Devin Nunes' Lamb, Devin Nunes' Cat, Devin Nunes' Rooster (watch for that one...it has great potential).....
Oh, sorry, that quote was not from the response. It was from Nunes' complaint. He's using it to make the exact opposite argument of what OWH intended."If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other, it is the principle of free thought — not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.”
Exposure to liability doesn't seem like a huge risk for the defendants here, and I imagine the ACLU will defend the mom and the cow pro bono ... if the cow is ever served.Then again, we can make fun of him all we want, but this is very dangerous. It is the epitome of a nuisance lawsuit, where you count on deep pockets to help you win a case despite having no legal ground to stand on.
Plus, I think Virginia has some of the strongest Anti-SLAPP legislation in the country. Which means this could end up costing him a lot of money.Exposure to liability doesn't seem like a huge risk for the defendants here, and I imagine the ACLU will defend the mom and the cow pro bono ... if the cow is ever served.
I understand that, in the abstract, there are theoretically sound arguments against allowing frivolous lawsuits, but in this case, I think the entertainment value outweighs any chilling effect on free speech. I support giving Nunes his day in court.
The idea of people following Nunes around to "Moooooo" at him has me chuckling.
BREAKING: Video of Devin Nunes defending protestors who yelled the "n-word" at US Rep John Lewis: "I think people have every right to say what they want. If they wanna smear someone, they can do it."
I’m just going to say it and pardon the language but Nunez seems like a doody-head.Nunes rides again, sues McClatchy for reporting real true things.
- Fox deleted the post of the lawsuit on its site.
This is a good insight (and consider what's going on in Georgia), but then Donald Trump was able to get an anti-SLAPP judgement against Stormy Daniels for Avenatti's defamation lawsuit, which I don't even understand, but if that's possible I'd like to think the two Nunes cow/mom handles and the Bee can get their pounds of flesh and then some.I think Nunes is playing a game here - I think this is legitimately part of a concerted effort to change libel/slander law, specifically as it relates to public figures.
I expect him to pursue these claims up to the Supreme Court - where a friendly group of judges could curb the exceptions for public figures - which would obviously have a chilling effect on free speech.