This is a follow-up to an article I wrote last February. After allegations surfaced in court documents that birther attorney Larry Klayman had “inappropriately touched” his children, Klayman sued media outlets who covered the story, including The Phoenix New Times, for defamation. One headline read: “Bradlee Dean’s attorney, Larry Klayman, Allegedly Sexually Abused His Own Children.” The Phoenix New Times said: “Birther Lawyer Fighting Joe Arpaio Recall Was Found to Have ‘Inappropriately Touched’ Kids.”
The lawsuit, Klayman v. City Pages et al, was filed in March. Klayman makes an aggressive ad hominem argument against the defendants in his complaint, basically saying that the defendants are pursuing a “radical homosexual agenda” that is harmful to children. In addition to the inappropriate touching issue, Klayman also says that the stories misrepresented a disciplinary action against him.
Losing the initiative
A number of items appear on the docket including an amended complaint and motions to dismiss. Yesterday US District Judge Anne C. Conway ordered Klayman to show cause why the case should not be dismissed for lack of prosecution—Klayman didn’t file the required Case Management Report within the deadline. A motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim is also pending.