(Not) Breaking News: Bradlee Dean Suing Maddow


Here’s an amusing article at a website called Freedom Outpost about Bradlee Dean’s attempts to sue Rachel Maddow and my former employer, the American Independent News Network, for defamation after they quoted him verbatim saying that Muslim are “more moral” than Christians because they kill gay people. They have an odd definition of “latest news.”

What do you do when you are a Christian, who steps into the belly of the Beast (government schools) in order to educate America’s young people on the Constitution, their forefathers, the ones that paid the ultimate sacrifice for their freedoms, God’s law and the gospel of Jesus Christ; and liberal, homosexual attack dogs in the media come after you? Well, you do what you can and fight back. This is just what Bradlee Dean has done and is doing. In the latest news, Dean is continuing the fight against MSNBC and talk show host Rachel Maddow, in which she slandered him on national television, claiming that he was calling for the execution of homosexuals. He took it to court and months later chose to move his case to federal court, resulting in the judge overseeing the case declaring that before the case could move, Dean would have to pay MSNBC attorney’s over $24,000. He appealed, and just last month the appeals court sided with the judge in the case. Now, Dean is determining how to proceed.

The “latest news” is that he doesn’t know what he’s going to do now? That’s some crack reporting right there.

Dean believes that MSNBC came after his ministry because they saw the work of his ministry in the government schools and needed to incapacitate him. “They saw how effective we were in the schools and they sicked a jihad on us,” he said.

Did they? They “sicked” it on you, did they? Or maybe they just caught you saying something incredibly stupid and repulsive and reported it? The site then reports what Dean said that fateful day, with lots of ellipses:

“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. And I continually reach out to the homosexual communities on this radio show, and I warn them, which one’s love? Here you have Obama condemning it behind the backs of the homosexuals, but to their faces he’s promoting it. Because he’s the one that said that he would never, no matter which way the winds go, Obama said he is not going to condemn or go against the Muslim nation. He’s also the guy that said we are no longer a Christian nation, we’re a Muslim nation … The homosexuals, they need to listen… I say this to my gay friends out there, the ones that continuously nitpick everything I say in their defense and for their eternal destination, Hollywood is promoting immorality and God of the Heavens in Jesus’ name is warning you to flee from the wrath to come, yet you have Muslims calling for your execution. “If America won’t enforce the laws, God will raise up a foreign enemy to do just that. That is what you are seeing in America. Read Leviticus 26.”

So the Muslims are “more moral than even the American Christians” because they follow the Biblical law that gays are to be put to death. And then a couple of ridiculous lies about Obama. And then he claims that America’s failure to enforce the law that gays are to be put to death led God to raise up a foreign enemy — the Muslims — to do it. So God is behind the whole thing because he hates gay people so much and now favors those Muslims who will kill them as he demands. But this is totally out of context! How dare you quote him verbatim! He loves gay people and he has lots of gay friends. I bet he even lets them use his bathroom.

Dean then took the issue to court. He and his attorney appeared before Judge Joan Zeldon. MSNBC hired four powerful DC attorneys to represent them. However, seven months after filing the lawsuit, Dean’s attorney wanted to withdraw the case from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and file it in federal court.
According to a statement from Dean’s ministry, “The move to another court was a ‘tactical, strategic decision.'”

Dean’s attorney then informed Judge Zeldon that he wanted to voluntarily dismiss the case from her court since it had been filed in federal court. Zeldon ruled that she would dismiss the case without prejudice if Dean paid Maddow’s attorneys for the work they did in her court, which she assessed to be worth $24,625.23. However, Dean said he would not pay those fees because the work that attorneys did could be used in the federal court case, contrary to Zeldon’s accusations that it could not be.

The “tactical, strategic” decision to try to move the case to federal court was because Washington, DC has a very strong anti-SLAPP statute and MSNBC’s attorneys were going to hit him with a counter suit. And since there was very little chance he was going to win the case, he was probably going to end up having to pay the defendants’ legal fees anyway. So they tried to remove it to federal court instead.

Zeldon was said to have been biased in her ruling as she is said to have referred to MSNBC’s attorneys as “distinguished,” but never referencing Dean’s attorney in the same manner, according to the appellant brief filed.

Well there’s a reason for that. Dean’s attorney, Larry Klayman, is “distinguished” only by his atrocious track record of being sanctioned by judges, of having courts reprimand him for ripping off his clients, and of filing some of the most ridiculous legal complaints and briefs ever written.

While the federal court case was on hold pending the appeal process, it is still very much alive. Neither Judge Zeldon nor this appeal have determined whether or not there was actual defamation of Bradlee Dean by Rachel Maddow. As far as Judge Zeldon’s decision that Dean pay Maddow’s attorney’s a ridiculous amount of money for work that would easily transfer over into the federal court case, Dean says that he will not be paying it.

“I don’t mind paying for the lawsuit to bring Maddow and MSNBC to court, but I’m not going to pay for justice,” Dean said. “I’m not going to pay a judge because she cannot distinguish between what is right and what is wrong.”

I think that’s a brilliant decision. Not complying with court orders is a great way to land your ass in jail.

Comments

  1. abb3w says

    @0, Ed Brayton

    Did they? They “sicked” it on you, did they? Or maybe they just caught you saying something incredibly stupid and repulsive and reported it?

    So, not so much “sicked” or even “sicced” as [sic]ed.

    @0, Ed Brayton

    Not complying with court orders is a great way to land your ass in jail.

    My very limited understanding is that unless you’re fool enough to declare a refusal of compliance in the courtroom and to the judge’s face, that sort of contempt of court more often instead of jail just gets you bigger fines — and associated liens to forcibly collect them.

  2. brucegee1962 says

    “So, not so much “sicked” or even “sicced” as [sic]ed.

    No fair — one of the greatest visual puns in the history of ever, and it’s completely inexplicable outside of the context!

  3. John Pieret says

    abb3w is correct. A failure to pay court fees is unlikely to get you jailed. However, since the DC Superior Court case has not been dismissed and was filed before the Federal District court case, the defendants can move to dismiss the latter because an action in another court is pending. And once the Federal judge learns that there is a ruling that the plaintiff pay attorney’s fees and is refusing to do so, the Federal case will disappear in a puff of smoke.

  4. matty1 says

    Obama said he is not going to condemn or go against the Muslim nation

    I guess Aghanistan and Pakistan are not Muslim nations then, either that or bombing doesn’t count as going against.

  5. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    He (Bradlee Dean) loves gay people and he has lots of gay friends. I bet he even lets them use his bathroom.

    Yeah, you’re on.

    I bet he doesn’t!

  6. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Also :

    I) This case against the wonderful Rachel Maddow is news to me. Well I think it is – don’t recall hearing it before although my memory kinda sucks. Anyhow you broke this news as far as I’m concerned Ed. Go Maddow and her lawyers!

    II) “The “latest news” is that he doesn’t know what he’s going to do now? That’s some crack reporting right there.” -Ed Brayton. Meh, it wouldn’t be the first time someone still deciding whether to do X or not or what was a news story especially on a slow news day.

    III) “I’m not going to pay for justice,” Dean said. “I’m not going to pay a judge because she cannot distinguish between what is right and what is wrong.” Before you launch a law suit, Mr Dean, ya might wanna know, say, the first thing about what a judge does. Knowing (legal) right and wrong is kind of exactly her job. As for paying for justice, I think you’ll find its the word way round. Justice makes you pay!

  7. Al Dente says

    Or maybe they just caught you saying something incredibly stupid and repulsive and reported it?

    Dean and Klayman need to be reminded that the case of Crown v Zenger (1735) established in common law that truth is a defense against libel.

  8. colnago80 says

    Re matty1 @ #4

    I guess Yemen also isn’t a Muslim nation. Ole Barack has done a fair amount of bombing there.

  9. busterggi says

    “The “latest news” is that he doesn’t know what he’s going to do now?”

    To paraphrase Bill Murray, “Go get ‘m Larry!”

  10. greg1466 says

    Seems like a wonderful example of the conspiracy mindset. No matter what anyone involved says or does, it’s just more proof that he’s right.

  11. says

    Well, I have to say….I certainly applaud Dean’s ecumenicalism here. Muslims are not only followers of the same god that Christians are, but more moral in doing so? They are being used by God to implement justice in the world where Christians are failing?

    Gosh. I guess it’s not so bad that Obama secretly is a Muslim then, huh? Muslims are better Christians than Christians are! Hey everybody, let’s hold hands and sing……I’m sure we can find something suitably heart-warming and unifying to holler together as we round up the homosexuals and execute them. Like the good moral folk we all are.

  12. D. C. Sessions says

    I bet he doesn’t!

    Split the difference: he does, but he has the housekeeper immediately go in and clean the Gay Cooties out with bleach and ammonia.

  13. says

    This amounts to an IQ test for Larry Klayman.

    “Umm, yeah, I’ll sue that b*tch for quoting me.”

    Great plan, Larry, take on the sharpest knife in media today because *queer*. I look forward to the results of your efforts.

  14. whheydt says

    If I’m not too far mistaken (IANAL, but I’ve been reading a moderate amount of Popehat lately), in order to move a case into Federal courts you first have to show that the Federal court is the proper venue. From context, I would image that diversity of state of residence *might* apply here.

    However, there is the problem (for Dean and Klayman) that the Federal court will generally use the relevant state laws…such as the anti-SLAPP laws.

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