Mancow Muller’s Lawyer Attempts to Get James MacDonald’s Defamation of Character Lawsuit Dismissed From Cook County Court

Mancow Muller’s lawyer filed a dismissal of James MacDonald’s lawsuit of defamation of character. This is a brief write up of what Mancow’s attorney is saying and also has the legal documentation if you want to read and study it. 

“I’m in the real world, some people try to steal from me, and I stop them, frequently, take them to court. I love a good lawsuit. It’s fun.

Alan Alda 

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and[a] knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

Romans 11:33 NIV

James MacDonald

James MacDonald talking about allegedly wanting to plant child pornography on a “critic’s computer.” 

On December 12, 2019 James MacDonald filed a lawsuit against Mancow Muller and Cumulus Media. The lawsuit which was filed in Cook County Court asks for $50,000 in damages and accuses Mancow of defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, violation of Illinois eavesdropping laws and more. According to the lawsuit, “MacDonald sustained injury to his reputation, humiliation, anxiety, embarrassment, mental anguish, the termination of his position as Senior Pastor of HBC, and monetary damages.” In Mancow’s show he aired a hot mike recording of someone sounding like James MacDonald talking about allegedly planting child pornography on a critic’s computer. I have that recording leading this post. James MacDonald was fired for the recording from Harvest Bible Chapel. You can read about what happened in, “Mancow Muller Produces an Audiotape of James MacDonald Allegedly Wanting to Plant Child Pornography on a “Critic’s” Computer. Harvest Bible Chapel Elder Board Promptly Fires Him.”  In the lawsuit it states that Muller called MacDonald a “con man” and “big fake.” The lawsuit stated that MacDonald, “sustained injury to his reputation, humiliation, anxiety, embarrassment, mental anguish, the termination of his position as Senior Pastor of HBC, and monetary damages.” If you want to read more about the lawsuit you can do so in the following Religion News Service article.

 

Mancow Muller’s Attorney’s Move for Dismissal of Lawsuit on May 15, 2020

In a motion to dismiss Mancow’s attorney Michael Young states the that the 14 counts should be dismissed as they are “legally insufficient.”The memorandum goes on to state the following. “Defendant’s plaintiff’s inclusion of Cumlous Media and unknown third-parties to this frivolous lawsuit, Plaintiff’s entire eighteen-count case is based upon: (1) Muller’s airing of a tape in which plaintiff, James MacDonald, made derogatory statements about multiple groups and individuals, (2) comment Muller made on air about Plaintiff. But as Plaintiff’s own Amended Complaint makes clear Plaintiff is a well known public figure., and as the affidavit and public record attached hereto establish, Plaintiff’s leadership at Harvest Bible Chapel (hereinafter HBC) was a matter of public concern that new sources and third party publications were concurrently reporting on in the time of Mueller’s alleged misdeeds.” To make the claim the filing was filled with a number of news stories from Julie Roys ot make the point that James MacDonald was reported on in multiple contexts. The filing itself accuses this lawsuit of being a “vindictive fishing expedition” to relieve MacDonald of   “new financial predicament” and “maintain (MacDonald’s) lavish lifestyle.” You can read more about it at Julie Roys here. This blog wanted to attach articles from the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald but I ran into paywalls. 

 

Preserving the Documentation by Mancow Muller’s Attorney

Personally I don’t think this lawsuit is going to go that far. My hope is that it will be dismissed as it should. But if you want to read the court documents that were filed by Mancow’s attorney and see the accompanying evidence  you can do so below. 

5.15.20 1 MULLER MT TO DISMISS (1)

5_15_20 MEMO FOR MOTION TO DISMISS

5.15.20 1 EXHIBITS 1 to 11

5.15.20 2 EXHIBITS 12 to 22

 

3 thoughts on “Mancow Muller’s Lawyer Attempts to Get James MacDonald’s Defamation of Character Lawsuit Dismissed From Cook County Court

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