This morning, 3/20/09, court heard oral arguments in Nader vs. DNC

KW: Does everyone know that I am writing over at Independent Political Report? Well, I am. My latest post is below.

You might want to read the whole article from the source, at BLT. It is interesting and detailed about what happened in court this morning.

(excerpt from) The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times /as posted at IPR
D.C. Circuit Judges Hear Out Nader

Ralph Nader appeared this morning with his attorney, Oliver Hall, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, who argued that Nader’s 2004 presidential campaign had been “drained” and “distracted” by a coordinated effort [by the DNC, et al] to neutralize him with lawsuits…

…the judges grilled Hall for 43 minutes in what was scheduled as a 15-minute argument…

…Their questions centered on two issues: the statute of limitations on the torts of abuse of process and malicious prosecution alleged in the complaint and whether the 29 lawsuits, 24 of which were ultimately dismissed, could be considered “objectively baseless” under a test for abuse of process…

After the hearing, Nader explained why he brought the case. “There has to be some judicial standard to protect our First Amendment right to petition to run for office that prevents a more affluent and powerful opponent from destroying a campaign,” he said.

Archival video of Ralph Nader explaining the importance of ballot access (at the Green Party Annual National Meeting in Reading):


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