The Democrat Lawsuit.

(image courtesy AF Branco at Comically Incorrect.)

You may have heard of the lawsuit the Democratic National Convention has filed against everyone it seems over the Clinton loss in 2016 to Donald Trump.

The lawsuit, (seen below) is a hodgepodge of accusations that taken together, make no sense. None. Zero. Nada zilch.

Here’s an image of the front page:

Notice that the laws the defendants are being accused of violating include such things as the DMCA – the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The problem is that Donald Trump didn’t post, steal or use any copyrighted material. That is the crux of the problem – the DNC is accusing people and groups of things that would only apply to a few of the defendants.

It is as if the DNC decided to throw mud against the wall to see what would stick when in fact, the wall is painted with anti-graffiti, no stick paint.

TechDirt has a great article on the lawsuit:

Democratic National Committee’s Lawsuit Against Russians, Wikileaks And Various Trump Associates Full Of Legally Nutty Arguments

from the slow-down-there-dnc dept

This morning I saw a lot of excitement and happiness from folks who greatly dislike President Trump over the fact that the Democratic National Committee had filed a giant lawsuit against Russia, the GRU, Guccifier 2, Wikileaks, Julian Assange, the Trump campaign, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and a few other names you might recognize if you’ve followed the whole Trump / Russia soap opera over the past year and a half. My first reaction was that this was unlikely to be the kind of thing we’d cover on Techdirt, because it seemed like a typical political thing. But, then I looked at the actual complaint and it’s basically a laundry list of the laws that we regularly talk about (especially about how they’re abused in litigation). Seriously, look at the complaint. There’s a CFAA claim, an SCA claim, a DMCA claim, a “Trade Secrets Act” claim… and everyone’s favorite: a RICO claim.

Most of the time when we see these laws used, they’re indications of pretty weak lawsuits, and going through this one, that definitely seems to be the case here. Indeed, some of the claims made by the DNC here are so outrageous that they would effectively make some fairly basic reporting illegal. One would have hoped that the DNC wouldn’t seek to set a precedent that reporting on leaked documents is against the law — especially given how reliant the DNC now is on leaks being reported on in their effort to bring down the existing president. I’m not going to go through the whole lawsuit, but let’s touch on a few of the more nutty claims here.

This is obviously a desperate attempt by the DNC to keep in the public eye the claim that Hillary lost the election because of some sort of collusion rather than the fact that she was a horrible candidate.

Just another day where the DNC is hoping that if you tell a lie over and over, some people will believe you.

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