Russell Pearce's Mad Elf Rob Haney: Sued on Christmas Eve
Check out this e-mail notice sent out by attorney Kory Langhofer to Haney and other concerned parties, just hours before Christmas day began:
From: Langhofer, Korey A.
Sent: Monday, December 24, 2012 3:08 PM
Subject: Initiation of Federal Lawsuit
Mr. Meyers, Mr. Haney, and Mr. Husband:
I have attached to this e-mail copies of (1) a Verified Complaint and related exhibits, (2) a Civil Cover Sheet, (3) three Summonses, (4) a Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction, (5) a Motion to Exceed Page Limits, and (6) two proposed orders, each of which was filed this afternoon in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.
One of the first matters we must address is service of process. (We are planning to serve Mr. Meyers and Mr. Husband as agents of the MCRC and its investigative committee. We are planning to serve Mr. Haney personally and as an agent of the MCRC and its investigative committee.) Our preference, to minimize any disruptions in your holidays, is to handle service of process electronically. If you are willing to accept service of process by e-mail, please let me know as soon as possible. Otherwise, we will seek to effect personal service on each of you as contemplated by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in the absence of an agreement of the parties, as quickly as possible. I look forward to hearing back from you.
So far, Langhofer tells me there's been nary a peep out of Haney and team Pearce.
Langhofer's e-mail is like an electronic version of the classic flaming dog poop prank, plopped on Haney's front porch, wrapped in Christmas ribbon, doused with kerosene and set aflame.
The suit contends Haney abrogated Arizona's open meetings law, violated the civil rights of those who took part in the LD 25 elections, and engaged in all kinds of chicanery in order to void the outcome of the November 29 vote.
Haney is also resorting to outright intimidation, under the color of law, to get his way, telling the Arizona Capitol Times' Yellow Sheet that he "will probably have sheriff's deputies" on hand to, ahem, "monitor" the vote.
Furthermore, Haney has indicated that he will turn over the findings of his ad hoc group of flunkies to "law enforcement," which I gather this desiccated leprechaun defines as "Sheriff Joe."
Haney has pulled this power play at least once before, back in 2010, when Pearce failed to get himself elected to the state committee. Haney simply declared the vote null and void and ordered a revote.
Back then, the anti-Pearce PCs dutifully went along with Haney's Joe Stalin-like action, and Pearce made it on the state committee.
What a difference two years makes. With Pearce's double-digit losses both in the 2011 recall and in his failed comeback run for state Senate in the GOP primary this year, the non-Pearce-ites are emboldened.