MICHIGAN ATTORNEY GENERAL’S ATTEMPT TO CIRCUMVENT ADMITTING FALSE ALLEGATIONS UNDER REVIEW BY FEDERAL COURT SINCE 2014
FORMER STATE REPRESENTATIVE BRIAN PALMER, CONTINUES TO PRESS LAWSUIT AGAINST MICHIGAN ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE FOR DEFAMATION
Brian Palmer, in December of 2014, filed a Wrongful Prosecution Federal Civil Rights Complaint under the US Constitution, as well as a Defamation, Libel, and Slander Complaint, against Bill Schuette, the Michigan Attorney General, and one of his deputy attorney generals, Scott Teter. The complaint was filed in the Federal Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and assigned to the Hon. Denise Page Hood. The Complaint (see attached) states that in a press release, the Attorney General falsely and wrongly accused Palmer. In a letter to the Attorney General’s Office, Palmer had requested that the Attorney General remove the false and defamatory press release from their website, but the Attorney General’s Office refused to remove the press release. The refusal gave Palmer no other choice but to take legal action against the Attorney General’s Office. The lawsuit asks for unspecified money damages, and also asks that the court order the Attorney General’s Office to remove the false and defamatory press release from its website.
The AG’s attempt to circumvent and dismiss the lawsuit on the basis that the Attorney General and staff are immune from such prosecution, continues, and awaits an immunity ruling from the court. According to legal counsel, and former Representative Palmer, it is clear that the Attorney General’s office does want to try to prove that their allegations were true, and risk further exposure revealing that their actions were politically motivated and that their press release allegations were false. Attorney General Schuette continues to attack the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution and any actions or initiatives protected under the US Civil Rights Act. The multiple overturning(s) of his ill-conceived anti-civil rights arguments by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, clearly demonstrate his disregard for individual rights and constitutionally guaranteed civil rights. Further, the Michigan AG office’s disregard for slapping journalists who with subpoenas for news gathering on allegations of juvenile prisoner abuse in state prisons in March of this year, is indicative of Schuette’s office ignoring the civil rights of individuals. To his credit, Schuette apologized to the journalists, but only after these tactics were exposed.
The Federal Court continues to review the Attorney General’s carefully navigated circumvention of Palmer’s lawsuit and the principles of “due process”. The lawsuit, filed in December of 2014 was not dismissed promptly, months ago, as demanded by the Attorney General, indicating that the Federal Court has clearly taken seriously the violations alleged in the suit. This action by the Court has once again exposed the fact that this Attorney General’s office operates based on political motives, headlines, and a personal agenda, rather than the rule of law and it’s constitutional oath.
For information about the lawsuit, contact Mr. Palmer’s attorney:
FRANK EAMAN, Attorney, Frank D. Eaman PLLC
645 Griswold St. , Suite 3060, Detroit, MI 48226
P: 313. 962.7210 / DD: 313.221.1100 / F: 313.961.7799