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  •  No it's not worth pursuing (8+ / 0-)

    Legislators have very broad immunity for performing their official functions. They cannot be charged with a crime for passing laws, regardless of how outrageous those laws might be. The short term remedy is to attack the laws in the courts, not the legislators. Any lawsuit or criminal action would lose in summary judgement, without a trial. I don't know where you would find a DA in Ohio who would file a criminal complaint, given that they understand the immunity granted to lawmakers.

    Members of the legislature can certainly be attacked politically and voted out of office when they are up for re-election.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 07:56:29 PM PDT

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    •  What if ALEC drew up the legislation, (0+ / 0-)

      it was passed verbatim or close to, and that came up during a discovery process?  That would make the lawsuit worth it no matter what stage it was thrown out.

      Suing legislators to force discovery about how corrupted our system has become seems like it needs a second look.  How could this be done in a way to at least get to a discovery process?

      "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

      by Mogolori on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 09:16:22 PM PDT

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