[Guest post by DRJ]
From yesterday’s BeldarBlog:
“Sen. Kerry’s home state of Massachusetts has a very unusual, extremely generous and pro-plaintiff three-year limitations period for defamation claims. Massachusetts’ three-year statute of limitations for defamation claims made it the very last feasible venue in which Sen. Kerry conceivably could file suit and gain his public vindication, if the SwiftVets’ allegations about him were false. Those claims were certainly, indeed deliberately, injurious to his reputation; his damages arguably include the loss of the 2004 presidential election, however that might be valued in dollars and cents; and if John Kerry could hope to find a home-town advantage anywhere, surely it would be there. But now he’s let the incredibly generous Massachusetts statute of limitations run out, too.“
Beldar’s offer? It’s generous:
Kerry can sue Beldar in Houston for defamation. Beldar will waive any statute of limitations defense, service of process and even pay the filing fees. If Kerry wants to proceed pro se, Beldar agrees to Kerry’s application for admission pro hac vice and will pay the fees to reinstate Kerry’s Massachusetts law license. Alternatively, Beldar will appear pro se even if Kerry doesn’t.
Beldar’s one stipulation:
“No confidentiality orders, and no motions to quash. Everything that’s uncovered in pretrial discovery has to become part of the public record without delay. We’ll put it all on the internet via a neutral host (say, the WaPo). We’ll do the pretrial depos on video, too, and jointly move the court to permit TV coverage of the trial, so that the public (and the jury, eventually) can see who sweats under oath under the bright lights.”
I’d pay good money to watch this but I think my money is safe.