In June the plaintiffs in the DNC Fraud lawsuit asked a Federal Judge for protection citing the deaths of a local Federal Prosecutor, their process server Shawn Lucas, and Seth Rich
(VERO BEACH, FL) In a press conference held through Facebook Live on June 13th, Jared Beck, one of the four co-counsels in a class action lawsuit being brought against the Democratic National Committee, announced the filing request for federal protection over the plaintiffs, lawyers, and potential witnesses involved in the suit, and cited the deaths of Shawn Lucas, their process server, Beranton Whisenant, a Federal Prosecutor in Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s district, and Seth Rich, WikiLeaks’ alleged source for the DNC emails.
“After much consideration and deliberation we have concluded that it is time to bring these concerns to the courts attention. As such, today, we filed a motion asking Judge William Zloch to issue an order providing for the protection of the plaintiffs, and their counsel and families, as well as all potential witnesses in the DNC Fraud lawsuit,” Mr. Beck said in the livestream published to the official “DNC Fraud Lawsuit” Facebook page.
“In support of this motion we have cited the following events; the untimely death of our process server Shawn Lucas, the unsolved murder of DNC employee Seth Rich, we believe Mr. Rich might have been a potential witness in this case,” Mr. Beck continued. “We’ve also cited the recent untimely death of Federal Prosecutor Beranton Whisenant in South Florida, also recent bizarre and disturbing conduct, including threats that have been directed at plaintiffs, their counsel, and employees, and we’ve also cited an offer to provide security extended by the Oath Keepers and its President, Stewart Rhodes.”
Some of these threats, including physical harassment against Carol Wilding, whom the “Wilding v. DNC” lawsuit is named after, and a death threat against co-counsel Cullin O'Brien including the reference to deceased Federal Prosecutor Beranton Whisenant, were detailed by Lifezette’s Margaret Menge in May, and The Free Thought Project’s Jack Burns in June.
In response to the motion the defense counsel for the DNC, Florida Attorney Elisabeth C. Frost, called any implication that their clients were involved in inappropriate contact with or harassment of anyone in any way involved with this case” patently false.”
The motion for Federal protection was denied by Judge Zloch on June 15th, with the reasoning that due to the large number of plaintiffs, and their dispersion over 46 different legal jurisdictions nationally, the request would “in all likelihood require the entire United States Marshals Service to direct all of its efforts and attention to this specific case and perform none of the numerous other duties assigned to that Service nationwide.”
Judge Zloch also noted that though the Court is sensitive to the Plaintiffs allegations and concerns, they had failed to make the appropriate showing required for any Court-ordered protection.