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Sat Jun 8, 2024, 04:24 PM Jun 8

Federal court hands MyPillow and Lindell a loss when it comes to compelling 'attenuated at best' testimony of DOJ [View all]

Source: Law & Crime

Jun 8th, 2024, 11:39 am

A Minnesota pillow magnate has been barred from enforcing subpoenas against two government-affiliated individuals he hoped to use for the basis of his defense against defamation claims.

The underlying controversy would be familiar to readers as the $1.3 billion lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems against MyPillow and their CEO Mike Lindell. The stalwart Donald Trump ally repeatedly and baselessly accused two voting machine companies of rigging the 2020 presidential election against the 45th president.

In November 2022, the first subpoena was filed against John Negroponte, the former director of national intelligence — despite no prior involvement in the lawsuit on either side. Then, in June 2023, My Pillow, Inc. filed a motion to compel the testimony of Department of Justice attorney, Carlotta Wells. The career government lawyer, again, was not previously involved in the civil dispute between the voting machine companies and the bedding retailer up to that point.

The U.S. government sharply protested — saying neither Negroponte nor Wells had anything particularly important to add, that anything they could say might very well be privileged and subject to state secrets protections, and arguing the two should, in any event, not be compelled to testify in a case they had nothing to do with. Now, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has agreed with the federal government on Wells’ and Negroponte’s behalf. “The United States has met its burden to show that compliance with the subpoenas would pose an undue burden on Wells and Negroponte,” the court found in a 15-page memorandum opinion.

Read more: https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/not-relevant-federal-court-hands-mypillow-and-lindell-a-loss-when-it-comes-to-compelling-attenuated-at-best-testimony-of-doj-and-ex-dni-officials-in-dominion-lawsuit/

Full headline: ‘Not relevant’: Federal court hands MyPillow and Lindell a loss when it comes to compelling ‘attenuated at best’ testimony of DOJ and ex-DNI officials in Dominion lawsuit

Link to OPINION (PDF viewer) - https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/24738447-lindell-denied-dcdc

Link to OPINION (PDF) - https://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/24738447/lindell-denied-dcdc.pdf
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