Devin Nunes Determined to Keep Filing Lawsuits That He Has No Hope of Winning - 2020-09-14
In the normal course of legal business, a plaintiff's likelihood of success in court is a factor that informs the decision whether or not to file a lawsuit. Not so, it seems, for Republican congressman from California Devin Nunes. Nunes appears determined to pursue litigation that is almost certain to fail.
Of late, Nunes's Virginia lawsuit against political strategist Liz Mair over the #YachtCocaineProstitute story was dismissed on August 20. According to court transcripts, Nunes's lawyer, lawyer, Steven Biss, immediately requested to file an amended complaint. Nunes's tenacity in this regard, however misguided, came as no surprise to Mair, who'd said in a written statement, "I have no doubt that Rep. Nunes will seek to amend his complaint and/or appeal the decision."
That ruling was preceded by the August 9th dismissal of Nunes's lawsuit over Ryan Lizza's now infamous "fake farmer" story. The Nunes family didn't do much better on September 11, when the same federal judge—Trump-appointed U.S. District Judge C.J. Williams—dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by the Nunes family over the same story. Judge Williams's memorandum order read like a law school textbook, detailing, allegation by allegation, how each of the family's claims simply do not match the definition of defamation.