In the dissolution lawsuit, NRA filed a specious defense and counterclaim, arguing that the New York AG’s investigation and lawsuit were politically motivated. Of course they are politically motivated, but how is that a legal defense? Every elected prosecutor takes politics into account in high-profile cases, the defense to those prosecutions is “I didn’t do it,” not “I’m guilty but the prosecutor came after me for the wrong reason.”
The New York AG homed in on that.
“Assistant Attorney General Monica Connell meanwhile told the court that the court would “set terrible precedent” if it allows the NRA’s counterclaims to proceed to discovery, essentially giving the targets of investigations carte blanche to “harry prosecutors.”
“Fraud and illegal conduct are not entitled to First Amendment protection,” Connell said.
“We have been very clear the First Amendment activities of the NRA are not the subject of this action at all,” she added. “It is the fraud, it is the theft, it is the waste, it is the related-party transactions, it is everything else.””
The judge bought the argument and is probably going to dismiss the counterclaims.
Earlier, NRA sued on that ground in federal court, but dismissed its suit, saying it would fight it in the state dissolution suit. After that it filed for bankruptcy, claiming that would let it “dump New York,” and lost there too.
This is one more in a long chain of legal disasters for NRA. One case after another going down in flames. The lawyers and NRA “leadership” are probably already planning how to present this latest one to the board as a victory.
NRA’s board has a number of attorneys. They can’t all have been bought off or corrupted. At least, we hope not. If only the honest ones would band together and stop the ruination of their organization!