Attorney Who Sued DNC For Fraud Claims Seth Rich and Shawn Lucas Were Witnesses In His Case
Both Shawn Lucas and Seth Rich were witnesses in a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee by attorney Jared Beck, according to a tweet from Beck last week.
“Seth Rich and Shawn Lucas were witnesses in MY case. But I didn’t drop the lawsuit because of that. I accepted the possibility of dying and carried on. Some might call that “courage.” And I’m 41, not 75 like Bernie, and I have two daughters, ages 4 and 6. So F*CK RIGHT OFF.” tweeted Beck.
Beck had been embattled in the suit for nearly a year, but that abruptly stopped when a federal judge in Florida dismissed the case in August 2017.
“To the extent Plaintiffs wish to air their general grievances with the DNC or its candidate selection process, their redress is through the ballot box, the DNC’s internal workings, or their right of free speech — not through the judiciary,” Judge William Zloch, a Reagan appointee, wrote in his dismissal. “To the extent Plaintiffs have asserted specific causes of action grounded in specific factual allegations, it is this Court’s emphatic duty to measure Plaintiffs’ pleadings against existing legal standards. Having done so . . . the Court finds that the named Plaintiffs have not presented a case that is cognizable in federal court.”
The Washington Post reports:
The lawsuit, which its supporters promoted with the hashtag #DNCFraudLawsuit, grew out of the 2016 hack of the DNC that eventually led to the release of thousands of documents on the website DCLeaks. On July 28, 2016, Florida attorneys Jared and Elizabeth Beck filed a civil complaint, alleging that the hacked emails had revealed a DNC that was plotting to get Hillary Clinton through the primaries, defrauding its donors, and exposing them to harm through shoddy information security.
The DNC filed a petition to dismiss the complaint on July 22, the week the party’s convention got underway — and the week that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) resigned as DNC chair. But the case dragged on into 2017, with the Becks heavily promoting the case on Twitter and through their super PAC, JamPAC. In April, the Becks and the DNC’s attorneys met in court, with the Becks arguing that the hacked emails had shown the DNC violated its charter, with staffers talking openly about how to elect Clinton.
“We have a wealth of information that was released by WikiLeaks that comes from emails from officials of the DNC, as well as the Hillary Clinton campaign, which really, I think, flesh out and fill in the detail of this really seminal internal document that Guccifer released,” Jared Beck said. “These additional leaks have shown that DNC officials participated in creating and disseminating media narratives to undermine Bernie Sanders and advance Hillary Clinton.”
Bruce Spiva, representing the DNC, made the argument that would eventually carry the day: that it was impossible to determine who would have standing to claim they had been defrauded. But as he explained how the DNC worked, Spiva made a hypothetical argument that the party wasn’t really bound by the votes cast in primaries or caucuses.
“The party has the freedom of association to decide how it’s gonna select its representatives to the convention and to the state party,” said Spiva. “Even to define what constitutes evenhandedness and impartiality really would already drag the court well into a political question and a question of how the party runs its own affairs. The party could have favored a candidate. I’ll put it that way.”
Mr. Beck did express concerns over the mysterious and timing of the deaths of both Rich and Lucas in an interview with InfoWars.
“To even question the Seth Rich murder investigation, which is ongoing — to even ask questions about it, you are branded a conspiracy theorist,” Beck said.
The judge dismissed the case, claiming that there was no evidence and no standing.
“Not one of them alleges that they ever read the DNC’s charter or heard the statements they now claim are false before making their donations,” Judge Zloch wrote. “And not one of them alleges that they took action in reliance on the DNC’s charter or the statements identified in the First Amended Complaint. Absent such allegations, these Plaintiffs lack standing.”
To remind anyone unfamiliar with who Rich and Lucas were, Rich was a DNC staffer who was in charge of voter expansion, and the alleged leaker of thousands of emails from the DNC to Wikileaks, was murdered in DC, and his killers are still at large.
Shawn Lucas was an activist and Bernie Sanders supporter who had just served papers to the Democratic National Committee Services Corp. and the former Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz with regards to a fraud class action lawsuit against the Democrat Party.
The serving of the papers came before Wikileaks released documents that prove the DNC was working against the Sanders campaign. However, on August 2, 2016, Lucas was found dead on his bathroom floor.
I reported back in August 2016:
“There had been a struggle. His hands were bruised, his knees are bruised, his face is bruised, and yet he had two shots to his back, and yet they never took anything,” his mother, Mary Rich, told NBC News.
“They took his life for literally no reason. They didn’t finish robbing him, they just took his life,” she added. “They hurt the community, and they hurt the long-term possibility of what he could have done.”
Both men seem to fall right in line with the infamous Clinton Body Count and were among 3 others with ties to Clinton that died during a 6 week period in 2016.