Saturday, March 20, 2004

Democrats in General Assembly sue over eavesdropping?

As reported here ("Democrats file lawsuit over eavesdropping scandal," 3/19/04) in the Danville paper, "General Assembly Democrats have filed a lawsuit against the Republican Party of Virginia and several GOP operatives and elected officials in connection with the unresolved eavesdropping scandal." The AP's report is here. The suit was filed in federal court in Richmond. The lead lawyer is said to be Ken Smurzynski of Williams & Connolly, the famous firm that represented Oliver North and Bill Clinton, among others.

It is not apparent to me what is the theory of the case, or why there is federal jurisdiction.

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