In the world of politics and the justice system, we seldom find ourselves with absolutes. Even the best politicians and lawyers have their flaws, and even the most disgraceful officials occasionally reveal some redeeming quality.
As great as Ronald Reagan was, he apparently lacked when it came to parenting skills, if we are to believe certain members of his family. And as reprehensible as the far-left Bernie Sanders may be, at least he’s philosophically consistent, going after fellow Democrats when he deems necessary and admitting that his far-fetched socialist plans would indeed increase taxes on the middle class.
Then we have characters such as Michael Avenatti: a man so despicable it’s impossible to identify a single positive attribute and someone who likely doesn’t know a single person who likes or trusts him.
After establishing himself as wholly unethical by pushing unsubstantiated accusations against then SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh, followed by equally outrageous allegations on behalf of a porn star against President Donald Trump, Avenatti has had a series of legal setbacks. He has been indicted for, convicted of, or pleaded guilty to charges of tax evasion, fraud, extortion, identity theft, and embezzlement. And that’s not to mention domestic violence accusations against him. Avenatti is currently in prison, and depending on multiple factors, he could remain there for several more years.
Now, Mr. Avenatti has been dealt another major legal blow. According to Reuters:
“A U.S. appeals court on Thursday refused to revive Michael Avenatti’s $250 million defamation lawsuit against Fox News Network over its coverage of the 2018 arrest of the now-imprisoned celebrity lawyer and critic of Donald Trump.
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia rejected Avenatti’s claim that his case belonged in a Delaware state court because he added a new defendant from his home state of California, depriving the federal judge who dismissed the lawsuit last August of jurisdiction.
Avenatti sued Fox News, part of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Corp (FOXA.O), in November 2020, saying its extensive coverage of his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence, including false statements that he was also charged, was a malicious effort to destroy his reputation.”
Avenatti’s original argument is laughable in the extreme. Fox News engaged in a “malicious effort to destroy his reputation?” And exactly what reputation would that be, Mr. Avenatti? Your reputation as a lowlife scumbag was established thanks to your own behavior, sir, and Americans were able to figure that out all on their own, without any help from Fox News or anyone else.
If nothing else, the fact that Avenatti’s money-seeking lawsuit against Fox Corp was in need of reviving, in the first place, along with Avenatti’s other legal setbacks, gives us at least some justification for faith in our legal system. If and when such cases by the disgraced lawyer start to be viewed by judges and juries as having merit, we may have to revisit that sentiment.
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The saga of Michael Avenatti, a registered and dedicated member of the Democratic Party, is indicative of so much of what plagues our society. As a lawyer, Avenatti was obligated to represent his clients in navigating their way through our justice system. Instead, Avenatti tried to manipulate that system. He stole money from those whom he represented. He attempted to extort money from companies such as Nike. He helped concoct and promote disgusting lies about public figures, intent on destroying their lives. And he clearly has no shame as his attempts at exploiting the courts and our laws for his personal gain continue.
This weekend as we enjoy our freedom by a lake, pool, or barbecue, raise a glass and make a toast to our legal system, and perhaps a suggestion that it keeps Michael Avenatti remains imprisoned for years to come.
By Jess Lawson
Jess Lawson is a regular contributor to The Blue State Conservative and a passionate, conservative millennial who loves America.
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