Patriot Tory account seized to pay sanctions | New
Eight months after Fourth Court Judge William Edelman dismissed a libel suit brought by Johnson County’s Patriotic PAC conservatives against the Buffalo Bulletin, the case finally ended after the bank account du PAC was seized to pay the penalties ordered by the court.
Chris Wages, attorney for the defendants, said ordering a plaintiff to pay penalties is a “quite extraordinary step”. The PAC was represented by attorney Nick Beduhn.
“The launch of the lawsuit in the first place was flawed and I made a concerted effort to bring this to the attention of the Patriot Conservatives’ attorney,” Wages said. “Besides the fact that I didn’t believe the merits of the lawsuit were a strong cause of action, they sued parties that had nothing to do with the case, which I thought was irresponsible legal practice and I informed the plaintiff’s attorney, and gave the opportunity to fix it, they did nothing. Thus, innocent parties had to spend time, energy and money defending a Frivolous Trial The judge recognized all of these factors and ruled in favor of the defendants who were wrongly prosecuted.
While Edelman had ordered the sanctions in December, the PAC had not paid its debt. Ultimately, the Bulletin asked the court to seize the PAC’s bank account to collect the debt.
“While I’m glad this case is finally over, I find it truly sad that in addition to battling a frivolous lawsuit, we had to take extreme measures just to collect the court-ordered penalties,” Robb Hicks said. . , publisher of the Buffalo Bulletin.
Last August, the Johnson County Patriot Conservatives — recently renamed the Wyoming Patriot Conservatives — filed a libel suit against defendants Eclipse Media, Inc., Weiser Signal American Inc., Buffalo Bulletin Inc., Pronghorn Publishing Inc. and Frontier Newspapers Inc. claiming the PAC was defamed by the Buffalo Bulletin newspaper.
In November, Edelman dismissed the suit against defendants Weiser Signal American Inc., the Buffalo Bulletin Inc., Pronghorn Publishing Inc. and Frontier Newspapers Inc. because either the entities no longer exist or there is a connection between the measures taken by the defendants and any prejudice alleged by the plaintiff. Eclipse Media, Inc. is the publisher of the Buffalo Bulletin.
In December, Edelman ruled that the PAC failed “to allege or identify any oral communication made by Eclipse Media, Inc., which is required for a defamation claim.” Edelman ruled that even if the allegations in the complaint are true, the plaintiff has no cause of action for defamation because PAC is considered a public figure who has inserted himself into a public controversy and that he presented no credible claim for economic damages.
Edelman also ordered the PAC to pay $8,942 in penalties to the defendants and defense attorney for failing to dismiss charges against uninvolved parties after attorney Beduhn was told those parties weren’t. were not involved.
However, the patriotic conservatives never paid the penalties imposed by the court.
“These people are not conservative,” Hicks said. “They’re just bullies with a podcast and a sign. It is not a conservative value to file frivolous lawsuits. It is not a conservative value not to pay your bills. It is not a conservative value to disregard the rule of law. The fact that we were forced to seize their bank account is demonstrative of the lack of character of these people. At any time, David Iverson (PAC Chairman) or John Dematteis (PAC Listed Treasurer until June 2022) or Roger Bronnenberg (current PAC Treasurer) could have signed a check to pay their court-ordered penalties. Instead they forced us to play a game to find out where they hid their money. At that time, the court seized their account to pay their debt.