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

(excerpt from) The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
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.

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

  1. Kimberly Wilder

    Interesting find, which I was not sure was entirely “newsworthy” for a full post. But, anyway, the Green Party/Nader travails got recognized by mainstream media, in an odd blurb at US News and World Reports. It is actually in a timeline article about George Bush:

    Historic Whispers: A Tough Election for George Bush and the Anniversary of the Iraq War
    Posted March 20, 2009

    Full quote: “*Going for the Green. Fuming that Ralph Nader has jumped into the race, Democratic National Committee boss Terry McAuliffe is chasing down supporters of the 2000 Green Party nominee. McAuliffe says turning Greens into Dems is the goal of his college visits and a key purpose of the DNC’s new computer system. (March 8, 2004)”

    Link is at: http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/washington-whispers/2009/03/20/historic-whispers-a-tough-election-for-george-bush-and-the-anniversary-of-the-iraq-war.html

  2. Lou

    Good for Ralph Nader, one fot the few people who ever ran for the presidency with only the good ot the American people at heart. NADER–a true American hero!!

  3. steamer

    Its a shame that the so called Democratic National Committee has fought so hard against third parties. I am still of the opinion that the country would be better served if each party held thier own primaries so to allow for freedom of association by anyone wishing to join any party. County Clerks should only hold a list of eligible voters for the main elections. It is not thier job to be the keeper of the electioneering lists for the major parties. That said, where do I give money to someone willing to mount the constitutional challenge?

  4. RT

    Part of the problem, I think, is the circular logic of “You can’t be taken seriously (by being included in national debates, etc.) because you aren’t with one of the two big parties, and you aren’t in one of the two big parties because you aren’t a candidate who should be taken seriously, blah blah…” I would love to see a major TV network with the cajones to include all candidates in nationally televised debates. It’s sad, but I’m afraid that even in the age of the Internet, far too many people automatically associate major TV coverage with “validity”. The two big parties both feed this perception and exploit it, I think.

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