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Gregory Charles Royal and Kim Chatman have amended their earlier motion against Sarah Palin on Aug 3, to add bribery charges.  The news was broken by the Alaska Report.

Kim Chatman is a resident of Eagle River, Alaska, and Gregory Charles Royal is a DC musician.  Royal claims that Sarah Palin failed to issue a proclamation for a 2007 celebration commemorating the freeing of U.S. slaves (note that the Alaska Legislature had passed a measure that directs the governor to issue a proclamation to commemorate the day).  He was seeking a retroactive proclamation for the 2007 Juneteenth celebration from Palin, but since she's resigned, this will befall her successor.

The original motion is in regard to Sarah Palin defiantly refusing to execute the law after claims of a "clerical error" were allegedly debunked.

The amendment to the original motion is to add a complaint of bribery, alleging that Sarah Palin has offered state funds and support of legislation to third parties in exchange for the plaintiffs dropping their original lawsuit.

Unless I'm missing something big, I'm going to call this one nonsense.

Originally posted to helleborine on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 10:22 AM PDT.

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    •  Bribery charges aren't big? (2+ / 0-)
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      trashablanca, diffrntdrummr

      Unless I'm missing something big, I'm going to call this one nonsense.

      Your report didn't offer many facts, or any original research.  In fact it is filled with innuendo and unsupported claims, both pro and con.  It's comparable to the game of telephone.  And right at the end, you proclaim the allegations you yourself put forward are nonsense.  It is this diary that is nonsensical.  

      "Policies that were wrong under George W. Bush are no less wrong because Barack Obama is in the White House." -Bob Herbert

      by Nada Lemming on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 10:38:48 AM PDT

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      •  Link to pdf on alaska report (2+ / 0-)
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        trashablanca, ardyess

        It appears legit.  The statement is accurately reported here:

        ... that Sarah Palin has offered state funds and support of legislation to third parties in exchange for the plaintiffs dropping their original lawsuit.

        http://alaskareport.com/...

        If she is convicted of the charge it's pretty huge.  
        She will not come back to life like that woman in the movie Fatal Attraction.

      •  Bribery (1+ / 0-)
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        ardyess

        I'm sorry to have disappointed you with my diary, please accept my heartfelt apologies.  

        However, it is not innuendo, as you can see for yourself by examining the .pdf file provided by way of hyperlink.

        Of course, bribery is a serious offense.  However, given the nature of the original motion, the amendment alleging bribery is tainted at best.

        •  "Tainted" is an understatement. (2+ / 0-)
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          Wee Mama, helleborine

          The motion in question requests the court for one more chance--it's a second or subsequent request to try to fix an already defective lawsuit that is obviously deficient on jurisdictional as well as substantive grounds.

          The "bribery" allegation is made without specificity--it's nothing more than a broad-brush claim. IMO, this suit will quickly be dismissed on one or another of the Rule 12(b) subcategories--either jurisdictional grounds or for failure to state a claim on relief can be granted.

          Lest anyone be confused by this, a bribery allegation thrown in as a single paragraph in a nut-job pro se lawsuit brought by two people living together in a DC apartment does not amount to "bribery charges".

          Nevertheless, helleborine, I wouldn't apologize for posting this diary. Sometimes it's a good thing if we squelch this kind of drivel early on so we don't end up looking as foolish as the birthers do now.

          Just my 2 cents.

          Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all: the conscientious historian will correct these defects. -Herodotus

          by TerribleTom on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 11:23:19 AM PDT

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          •  Thanks! (1+ / 0-)
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            TerribleTom

            I do think we have to remain vigilant, and intellectually honest.

            I'm very relieved that Palin has left politics.  She was unintentionally hilarious, but we need some gravitas in politics, not some incoherent, egotistical, faded beauty queen that turns the democratic process into some pathetic circus.

            This being said, frivolous lawsuits of this kind carry the danger of putting us, as you say, in the same category as birthers.

            This particular lawsuit is needless harassment.  

    •  Curious (0+ / 0-)
      Imagine something will confirm or deny the gravity, depravity, levity or brevity of the legal matters.
      Is there some allegation that Palin failed to honor a part of history due to some personal distaste for the people involved in it?
      Why would a plaintiff attorney add a baseless claim to a legitimate lawsuit?
      Palin resigned to keep her troubles from harming Alaska, didn't she? The amended complaint might be 1 of them.
      (I couldn't link)

      Lies at the top cause murder and misery at the bottom. Freedom should be a universal birthright. So many lives end like Neda Agha Soltan.

      by renzo capetti on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 11:33:16 AM PDT

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      •  The lawsuit can only have one outcome. (0+ / 0-)

        Whether Palin wilfully omitted to honor Juneteenth celebrations, for distasteful motives, we will never know.

        However, if the plaintiffs are successful, all that will happen is that her successor will retroactively honor the Juneteenth celebrations.  It's no skin off her nose.

      •  Sigh. (1+ / 0-)
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        helleborine

        Why would a plaintiff attorney add a baseless claim to a legitimate lawsuit?

        Well, I think the obvious answer is that a reputable attorney would not add such a baseless claim. (And that's assuming that this is a "legitimate" lawsuit, when all the indicia suggest otherwise.) This suit was not brought by an attorney; it's being pursued by two amateurs representing themselves (i.e., pro se).

        You really need to read the motion to get any idea how amateurish it is. Unless one of the two plaintiffs happens to be a graduate of that online "law school" that conveyed a degree to Orly Taitz, they clearly aren't attorneys.

        I'm not going to waste my time digging through the original pleadings, the pending motion to dismiss and the previous attempt at amending the pleadings, but it smells to me like the plaintiffs added the bribery allegation in a last-ditch, desparate attempt to raise a trumped-up "federal question" so that the suit isn't dismissed immediately for lack of jurisdiction.

        Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all: the conscientious historian will correct these defects. -Herodotus

        by TerribleTom on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 11:52:50 AM PDT

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        •  Okay. Thanks. As I Said, I Could Not Link (0+ / 0-)
          Perhaps this diary should have been forgone.
          I was a sort of paralegal once.
          If this is all a waste of legal process time (like Norm Fuckin Coleman,) i hope the
          filers suffer for it appropriately.
          I got interested here more because i've worked with a community guy here in Phila who's organization is called 'Juneteenth.' And he explained the history to me; of which, being minimally educated on that topic, i knew nothing.
          Having sadly seen hundreds of politically motivated idiocies launched since Obama became viable, perhaps we finally have a tangent twosome placing a pox pebble on the other extreme side of the seesaw. To them: rocks of ruck.

          Lies at the top cause murder and misery at the bottom. Freedom should be a universal birthright. So many lives end like Neda Agha Soltan.

          by renzo capetti on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 06:14:51 PM PDT

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  •  And bribery is nonsense? (3+ / 0-)
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    NYFM, trashablanca, Nada Lemming

    What proof do you have that there was no bribery or what was offered?

    Are you here because Miss Wasilla isn't tweeting anymore, so you are playing damage control?

    If you know the details and that the alleged bribe was a dinner for two at Outback or some other nothing prize, let us know.

    •  I'm certainly not associated with Palin... (1+ / 0-)
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      TerribleTom

      We cannot have proof that no bribery was offered.  

      The details of the alleged bribe are not described in the amendment.  Only its alleged purpose is outlined.  The purpose of the alleged bribe would have been to entice the plaintiffs to drop a lawsuit regarding the issue of failing to make proclamation for a 2007 celebration commemorating the freeing of U.S. slaves.

      Since the original lawsuit is frivolous, one might assume that it did not have much of a chance to result in much, beyond Palin's successors being forced to make such a proclamation commemorating the freeing of slaves.  

      I doubt Palin was scared with this frivolous lawsuit.  Palin may not be beneath bribery or intimidation, but I'm not sure that particular lawsuit is "bribe-worthy."  

  •  Kind of hard to give a shit... (3+ / 0-)

    a) not much of a source or link offered
    b) so what else is new?
    c) it's Palin, after all

    Conservatism For Dummies: It's a book, not a mandate.

    by Rush 2112 on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 10:37:01 AM PDT

  •  Isn't Alaska Report (0+ / 0-)

    the same blog that reported the divorce?  The blog that claimed to be in almost continuous contact with an impeccable source close to Palin?

    Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.

    by bugscuffle on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 10:38:39 AM PDT

  •  Come on folks, this is a reality based (2+ / 0-)
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    william shipley, helleborine

    community. One look at that motion and it is obvious that this is a crackpot pro se lawsuit. In fact, the first phrase in the motion ("Comes now Plaintiffs...") contains a grammatical error that is almost certainly the result of ignorant cutting and pasting.

    And consider, too, the grave and shocking nature of the original claim, viz:

    Royal claims that Sarah Palin failed to issue a proclamation for a 2007 celebration commemorating the freeing of U.S. slaves...

    GASP! You mean she neglected to officially enter a proclamation? For shame, for shame!

    Get a grip. This is pure bullshit.

    Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all: the conscientious historian will correct these defects. -Herodotus

    by TerribleTom on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 11:02:45 AM PDT

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