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SOUTH FLORIDA TEA PARTY LAWYERS WANT OUT IN FEDERAL LAWSUIT: ASK COURT TO DROP THEIR REPRESENTATION OF EVERETT WILKINSON AND TEA PARTY ALLIES.
Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A File Motion To Withdraw
from Tea Party Federal lawsuit
The attorney’s and law firm representing the South Florida Tea Party and it’s “leader” Everett Wilkinson have moved to withdraw as legal counsel to Wilkinson and others who filed suit in Federal Court against the official TEA Party (TEA) over the use of the name ‘tea party.”
The TEA Party (TEA) is officially authorized by the State of Florida as a registered political party and is fielding twenty (21) tea party patriots as officially nominated TEA Party candidates in this year’s elections.
Wilkinson, the self-described “TeaPartyCzar” according to his recent deposition taken in the case, had filed suit against the TEA Party alleging that only his group and others could use the name TEA Party, even though they have no authorization to use the name.
The deposition and other news reports confirm that Wilkinson and other plaintiffs are not paying for their lawsuit but instead, the lawsuit is being paid for by a shadowy political operative best known for dirty tricks named Michael Caputo. Caputo has confirmed that he is paying $20,000 a month for lawyers to sue the Florida Tea Party but refuses to reveal who is paying him to engage the attorneys.
The motion to withdraw is being opposed by the TEA Party and a hearing will have to be held prior to the motion be granted.
“It’s quite obvious after Wilkinson’s disastrous deposition that the attorney’s are running for the exits, especially after being exposed like that,” stated Doug Guetzloe, one of the defendants in the suit. Guetzloe, a Republican consultant is advising the TEA Party on a pro-bono basis.
“Once we exposed these attorneys for their involvement with the “criminal enterprise” that was the Scott Rothstein law firm, their credibility dropped dramatically among tea party groups and observers,” stated Guetzloe.
“These attorney’s were involved with the most corrupt legal practice in the state according to the FBI and federal prosecutors and that involvement has caused seven (7) of their plaintiffs to drop their participation in the lawsuit. More drops are expected in the coming weeks.”
“This is the beginning of the end for Wilkinson and his gang,” Guetzloe concluded.
Sunshine News Network: “Wilkinson… comes off in the 129-page deposition as a somewhat disconnected, even clueless, leader of the legal fight.”
Tea Party Pot Stirred at Surreal Orlando Deposition
Kenric Ward’s blog | Posted: July 29, 2010 9:14 AM
In a lengthy and, at times, surreal deposition, Tea Party activist Everett Wilkinson was grilled by rival TEA Party officials this month.
Wilkinson, who sued the Florida TEA Party headed by Frederic O’Neal over misappropriating the “Tea” name, comes off in the 129-page deposition as a somewhat disconnected, even clueless, leader of the legal fight.
Under questioning by O’Neal, an Orlando attorney, Wilkinson said he:
* didn’t know who is funding the lawsuit;
* didn’t recall signing a retainer agreement;
* hadn’t met “his” attorneys until the day before the deposition (nearly a month after the U.S. District Court hearing on the suit);
* didn’t remember any conversation with Michael Caputo about the suit, though he admitted talking via phone with the Republican political operative “every couple of days.”
Caputo told Sunshine State News last month that he was personally funding the legal challenge to the tune of $20,000 a month. But Wilkinson, with attorney Gustavo Sardina sitting alongside, said, “I have no knowledge (of who’s funding it.)”
Wilkinson’s suit alleges that the Tea name was illegally appropriated when O’Neal registered the Florida TEA Party with the state in August, 2009. Wilkinson said he had started using the name in May, 2009. Since then, he has variously referred to himself as the chairman of the Florida Tea Party and state director of the South Florida Tea Party.
In justifying the lawsuit, Wilkinson said his Tea group and O’Neal’s political party, which is fielding 21 candidates this year’s elections, represent “two different things,” though Wilkinson could not describe the TEA Party’s platform.