Litigation

Bush, Lies, and Retarded Monkeys

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Last fall I wrote about Arizona anti-war activist Dan Frazier's tacky "Bush Lied/They Died" t-shirts, and about even tackier attempts by Congress and several state legislatures to ban them. The front of the shirts say "Bush Lied." The backs of the shirts say, "They Died," and feature the names of some 3,000 U.S. troops killed in Iraq.

Now comes a lawsuit (pdf) from the family of one of the late soldiers whose name appears on the shirt. The family's attorneys are seeking to make the suit a class action on behalf of the families of every solider listed on the shirt. One can sympathize with the family and still believe that (a) their suit is ridiculous, and (b) it looks as if they've hired a third-grader to represent them. For example, after arguing that Frazier's enterprise isn't protected by the First Amendment, and that even it is, Frazier should be forced to share his profits with the soldiers' families, the suit then states:

Most respectfully, this is a concept that even a mentally-challenged monkey could grasp, but, apparently, defendants cannot—or, more likely, refuse–to do so, for as defendant, Fraser [sic], stated recently to the Associated Press, he is "not worried" about the outcome of this litigation.

"Most respectfully?" Also, the attorney is asking for $40 billion in damages.

(Hat tip: Howard Wasserman)