Paul Davis is just like the reward that retains on submitting bonkers motions. Davis first shot to Above the Law infamy when the then-associate basic counsel for Goosehead Insurance attended the Capitol rebellion, and posted boasting about getting tear gassed and saying he was attempting to enter the Capitol constructing on social media.
After he obtained fired from Goosehead (as a result of logical and pure penalties are nonetheless a factor), Davis tried to place his regulation diploma to make use of by filing a lawsuit, together with lawyer and failed candidate for the Texas House of Representatives Kellye SoRelle, in search of to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election however is by some means “not a 2020 presidential election fraud lawsuit.” (That distinction, for no matter it’s value, seems to be the supply of discord between the 2 attorneys that filed the unique grievance.) The grievance lists each single member of the 117th Congress, each state governor and secretary of state, and Mark Zuckerberg as defendants, and alleges adjustments to election legal guidelines prematurely of the 2020 election had been in violation of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) which resulted in civil rights violations. And it asks that each one actions of the brand new Congress — together with certification of Joe Biden’s win and the second impeachment of Donald Trump — be invalidated.
That wasn’t the top of the filings within the case. Yes, it’s nonetheless in its infancy however he went forward and filed an amended TRO motion using the experiences of Gondor as precedent. For you non-nerds on the market (are there any that learn Above the Law?), that’s the FICTIONAL kingdom created by J.R.R. Tolkien. And as a result of “Gondor has no king” that’s the instance he makes use of as precedent for asking a federal courtroom to throw out the outcomes of the 2020 election.
But wait! There’s extra! He additionally made a submitting that went after the media for mocking his request to put in the federal government of Middle-Earth in America, which solely encouraged more ridicule. The judge has already signaled (unsurprisingly) that he’s skeptical of this doubtful authorized concept.
Then Davis got fired, again. There was apparently a cut up amongst the plaintiffs relating to what technique to pursue (although, tbh, none of them sound like winners). And two camps — the SoRelle plaintiffs and Davis plaintiffs –had been born. (Of course, Davis signed that submitting with an electronic mail tackle at a website identify he doesn’t own, which is simply BEGGING trolls to have enjoyable with you, which, natch, they did.)
So, what the hell else might probably be happing on this case?
Well, Davis needs attorneys charges. He begins out by taking some potshots at one in all his former shoppers (now a SoRelle plaintiff):
For causes which can be troublesome to fathom, after Mr. Davis donated over 450 hours of professional bono time to Plaintiff B.G. and her group, “Latinos for Trump,” B.G.— with no trace of preexisting animosity between B.G. and himself— all of a sudden despatched Mr. Davis a scathing termination letter stuffed with vindictive lies relating to considerations about non-existent “ethical issues.”
Mr. Davis, shocked, however suspecting some kind of political gamesmanship, given the character of this lawsuit, despatched a diplomatic response, extending an olive department over obvious variations in technique that Ms. SoRelle had all of a sudden started pushing on Mr. Davis the week of February 15, 2021 regardless of earlier and constant agreements amongst counsel, and even B.G. herself, to not pursue such frivolous methods.
Then he begins to element a few of the behind-the-scenes motion the led to the fracturing of the plaintiffs. Reading between the traces, it appears Davis wished to avoid election fraud claims and follow the (additionally specious) HAVA/civil rights claims. But Davis believes some recognized “Bob” (who is just not a plaintiff or an lawyer) is pushing alternate authorized theories. There’s even a gaggle textual content with Bob and Davis (as well as SoRelle and plaintiffs) and in that textual content Bob “scurrilously accused Mr. Davis of unethical behavior, in front of clients for whom he had been working 80-100 hours a week, for
free, and not getting much sleep.”
And then, THAT’S when Davis says, “This is when things went from strange to downright bizarre.” It appears Davis thinks SoRelle shared with this Bob character privileged communications, primarily based on the accusations Bob made. But that’s not what SoRelle thinks:
Ms. SoRelle’s excuse was that Bob was “listening in on our comms!” Mr. Davis, now extraordinarily involved, started recording the remainder of that dialog with Ms. SoRelle.5 To Mr. Davis’s shock, Ms. SoRelle clarified that she didn’t imply merely that Bob was listening on a speaker cellphone or related. No, Ms. SoRelle really indicated multiple occasions that “Bob” was illegally listening in to the calls between Mr. Davis and Ms. SoRelle and monitoring our textual content messages.
Anyway, Davis now seeks $1,800 in attorneys charges for the “3.6 hours [he spent] in drafting and preparing to draft this response, including reviewing various related communications and call recordings.” But really, the complete submitting is sort of the experience, and obtainable under. AND IT ISN’T EVEN DAVIS’S ONLY FILING.
Yesterday, Davis additionally filed a brand new grievance — what the internet is joyfully calling Gondor II. It’s mainly a rehash of the unique (and Tolkien-free) grievance. But we are able to solely guess what number of extra filings this new case will bless us with.
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