Bradlee Dean still won't pay Rachel Maddow, wants presiding judge removed from case
Despite a judge's order, Dean still refuses to make Maddow whole.
Well, Tuesday came and went without Dean paying up. So what's Dean's plan? It appears he and his attorney, Larry Klayman -- who has legal problems of his own involving an allegation he sexually abused his own children -- are arguing that Judge Zeldon should be removed from Dean's case because she's a supporter of "leftist ideology."
From a new report published on WND's website:
An appeal is being prepared in a case that alleges MSNBC personality Rachel Maddow defamed a Christian minister by maliciously asserting he advocated the execution of homosexuals, after a judge who was accused of being biased against the plaintiffs went ahead and dismissed it...
"Recusal is required when judicial remarks create the appearance that the court's impartiality may be called into question, and 'could suggest,' to an outside observer, such a 'high degree of favoritism or antagonism' to defendants' position that 'fair judgment is impossible,"" said an affidavit filed with the Superior Court of the District of Columbia concerning the actions and statements of Judge Joan Zeldon...
"Incredibly, despite Dean and YCR having argued that Maddow and MSNBC's fees and costs were fraudulent, Judge Zeldon stated in her order that defendants lawyers are 'distinguished,' and to the contrary disparaged Dean and YCR and their counsel, Larry Klayman. Because this, and other biased statements in the order, unmasked her prejudice, yesterday Dean and YCR filed pleadings to disqualify Judge Zeldon and have her order vacated...," the filing said.
The affidavit also includes some remarks from Dean himself, including this: "It became clear to me that the judge, Joan Zeldon, harbored an extra-judicial bias and prejudice against me and YCR stemming from our conservative Christian advocacy against the so-called gay and lesbian political agenda, which is based in part on teaching young children in public and private schools that homosexuality is 'normal' societal behavior. ... Specifically, it became clear to me, based on Judge Zeldon's statements and actions, that she favored defendant Rachel Maddow..."
Finally, in an interview with WND, Klayman offers up this preposterous statement: "We need more Bradlee Deans in the world and hateful left wing television commentators must be made to respect not only his mission but the law."
If nothing else, Klayman's latest filing buys Dean and company a little more time to fundraise. Be on the lookout, Iowa Hy-Vee shoppers!
-- Hat-tip: Ken Avidor --
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