Orange Juice Blog and Red County/OCBlog are reporting that Hoa Van Tran campaign manager Edgardo Reynoso has filed suit against two former staffers and “10″ Does for Defamation in an unlimited civil lawsuit.
Well, he hasn’t actually filed shit as of (9:00 am today). The papers are unsigned by the attorney of record and have NOT BEEN SERVED ON ANYONE.
What Reynoso is doing is harassing the individual who filed a police report and subsequent restraining order against Reynoso for allegedly running her off the road. HisÃ‚Â alleged suit isÃ‚Â similar to a SLAPP suit. Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, in which a corporation or developer sues an organization in an attempt to scare it into dropping protests against a corporate initiative. SLAPP suits typically involve the environment–for example, local residents who are petitioning to change zoning laws to prevent a real estate development might be sued in a SLAPP suit for interference with the developer’s business interests. Many states have “anti-SLAPP suit” statutes that protect citizens’ rights to free speech and to petition the government.
In this case Reynoso is suing an individual a few days before a hearing to determine if a permenant restraining order against him is needed.
Hoa Van Tran and his boss Phu Do Nguyen have done this before when they distributed a letter to a blogger for the LiberalOC that accused a fromer staffer and whistleblower of theft and threatening legal action.
In an election where Hoa Van Tran cannot find his ass from a hole in the ground, now I bet they will blame an impending campaign loss on the former employees who raised concerns and reported alleged improper conduct.
Note to Hoa, Phu Do Nguyen, and Edgardo: I look forward to dumping a pile of evidence of improper conduct in the lap of the District Attorney after you lose the election today. They can take it from there.