Steve G.

LNC Attorney Bill Hall’s memo to LNC

In Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Politics on November 29, 2008 at 1:16 am

The LNC’s own longtime attorney, Bill Hall, seems pretty much fed up with their shenanigans according to his latest memo.  Here, read it for yourself.

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  1. I had forwarded to me the Hall memo to the LNC relating to legal services and the LNC.

    He discussed the New Hampshire Lawsuit. It is my impression thet he was not consulted about the contents of that suit prior to its filing.

    Many of the nominal facts he references are untrue.

    In my opinion, it is undoubtedly the case that Hall believed that his statements in his letter are correct on the absis of the information with which he had been supplied.

    His letter said: “As you know, the court refused to substitute Barr/Root for Phillies/Kwiatkowski on the ballot, even though it appears sufficient signatures were timely filed.”

    I have some issues with this statement:

    1) Kwiatkowski was not on the ballot. My running mate was someone else.

    2) While the suit was filed well before the election, Secretary of State William Gardner was not served until all town clerks had been supplied with their ballots and many absentee ballots had been distributed.

    3) No court date has been set.

    4) Not only did the court not refuse to substitute, but to the knowledge of the defendant, the New Hampshire Secretary of State, there has never been a hearing.

    5) The description of Mr. Sinawski as “the LNC’s attorney” may perhaps confuse some readers. To the innocent, the phrase “the LNC’s attorney” might be read as implying that LNC, Inc. is a plaintiff in this suit.

    You can all read the suit at
    http://media.nashuatelegraph.com/assets/lpnhsuit.pdf

    LNC, Inc. is not a plaintiff.

    6) In fairness on (4), I am assured that the suit was discussed at a recent LPNH State Committee meeting, held when the suit was being filed. According to what I believe are trustworthy witnesses, the State Committee stated that (i) the State Committee did not know who its attorney was, (ii) they had not read the suit, and (iii) they thought
    the LNC was lead plaintiff.

    7) Hall was apparently told that ‘the LNC attorney’ will be “asking for a ruling that Barr/Root should have been put on the ballot”.

    Barr/Root *was* on the ballot. The suit is to remove me from the ballot. There is no likelihood that the suit will be heard before the final vote is tallies and published.

    8) The plaintiffs in the suit are actually the LPNH State
    Executive Committee, Bob Barr, Wayne Root, Hardy Machia, and Brendan Kelly. Prominent Libertarian candidates in the suit, including U.S. Senate candidate Ken Blevens, Congressional candidate Bob Kingsbury, and the candidate for Governor’s campaign amanger, oppose the suit.

    9) I have read the filing. In my opinion, no reasonable man familiar with the facts of the matter that are referenced in the document could in good faith have made some of the core assertions central to the plaintiffs’ arguments. It is unclear to me that anyone who was actually familiar with the relevant facts of the matter — it does not occur to me that anyone outside of New England fits this description, but I may be wrong — read carefully the document before it was filed.

    Based on bits and pieces from the LNC Minutes and matters leaked elsewhere, it appears to me that LNC, Inc. has so far tossed about $6000, at a minimum, into this effort. There was also the money promised by Barr to the Blevens campaign, to compensate for Barr’s PAC’s active funding of Republican Senate incumbent John Sununu while Barr sat on the LNC; that money never showed up.

    That money might have moved Blevens up from 3% to 4% — he had already more than doubled his vote total form 2002 to 2008 — and changed LPNH ballot status for the better.

  2. Hit wrong button.

    Post appears scrambled.

    I had forwarded to me the Hall memo to the LNC relating to legal services and the LNC.

    He discussed the New Hampshire Lawsuit. It is my impression that he was not consulted about the contents of that suit prior to its filing.

    Many of the nominal facts he references are untrue.

    In my opinion, it is undoubtedly the case that Hall believed that his statements in his letter are correct on the basis of the information with which he had been supplied.

    His letter said: “As you know, the court refused to substitute Barr/Root for Phillies/Kwiatkowski on the ballot, even though it appears sufficient signatures were timely filed.”

    I have some issues with this statement:

    1) Kwiatkowski was not on the ballot. My running mate was someone else.

    2) While the suit was filed well before the election, Secretary of State William Gardner was not served until all town clerks had been supplied with their ballots and many absentee ballots had been distributed.

    3) No court date has been set.

    4) Not only did the court not refuse to substitute, but, to the knowledge of the defendant, the New Hampshire Secretary of State, there has never been a hearing.

    5) The description of Mr. Sinawski as “the LNC’s attorney” may perhaps confuse some readers. To the innocent, the phrase “the LNC’s attorney” might be read as implying that LNC, Inc. is a plaintiff in this suit.

    You can all read the suit at
    http://media.nashuatelegraph.com/assets/lpnhsuit.pdf

    LNC, Inc. is not a plaintiff.

    6) In fairness on (4), I am assured that the suit was discussed at a recent LPNH State Committee meeting, held when the suit was being filed. According to what I believe are trustworthy witnesses, the State Committee stated that (i) the State Committee did not know who its attorney was, (ii) they had not read the suit, and (iii) they thought
    the LNC was lead plaintiff.

    7) Hall was apparently told that ‘the LNC attorney’ will be “asking for a ruling that Barr/Root should have been put on the ballot”.

    Barr/Root *was* on the ballot. The suit is to remove me from the ballot. There is no likelihood that the suit will be heard before the final vote is tallied and published.

    Eight) The plaintiffs in the suit are actually the LPNH State
    Executive Committee, Bob Barr, Wayne Root, Hardy Machia, and Brendan Kelly. Prominent Libertarian candidates in the suit, including U.S. Senate candidate Ken Blevens, Congressional candidate Bob Kingsbury, and the candidate for Governor’s campaign manager, oppose the suit.

    9) I have read the filing. In my opinion, no reasonable man familiar with the facts of the matter that are referenced in the document could in good faith have made some of the core assertions central to the plaintiffs’ arguments. It is unclear to me that anyone who was actually familiar with the relevant facts of the matter — it does not occur to me that anyone outside of New England fits this description, but I may be wrong — read carefully the document before it was filed.

    Based on bits and pieces from the LNC Minutes and matters leaked elsewhere, it appears to me that LNC, Inc. has so far tossed about $6000, at a minimum, into this effort. There was also the money promised by Barr to the Blevens campaign, to compensate for Barr’s PAC’s active funding of Republican Senate incumbent John Sununu while Barr sat on the LNC; that money never showed up.

    That money might have moved Blevens up from 3% to 4% — he had already more than doubled his vote total from 2002 to 2008 — and changed LPNH ballot status for the better.

  3. Interesting. It’s one thing when the foolishness is blog fodder, but when a level head like Hall starts lamenting the state of things, it’s soul-searching time.

  4. Bill Hall is a stinky povertarian radical! Or something.

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