Rep. Devin Nunes’ Lawsuit Against Republican Strategist, Fake Cow Goes to Court

Rep. Devin Nunes’ Lawsuit Against Republican Strategist, Fake Cow Goes to Court

It has been five months since Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) sued Twitter and a handful of users for defamation. On Friday, the case finally saw the inside of a Virginia courtroom as lawyers for the defendants argued for the lawsuit’s dismissal.

It sounds as if it was a bit of a circus, as McClatchy reports:

About 20 people in the courtroom sported cow shirts, a reference to the Twitter account @DevinCow. One of them wore a pair of cow ears. Others carried signs and stuffed animals.

The account @DevinCow was one of two parody accounts Nunes had sued, along with Republican political consultant Liz Mair. He claimed their criticism of him was aimed at damaging his chances of re-election and his ability to lead the House Intelligence Committee, which he chaired until Democrats took control of the House after the 2018 election.

Lawyers for the defendants argued that Nunes had only filed the lawsuit in Virginia because the state has fewer restrictions discouraging frivolous lawsuits than does California, where Twitter, Nunes, and the user behind at least one of the parody accounts are all based.

McClatchy’s Kate Irby later tweeted out some of the sillier moments that didn’t make it into her story:

The judge in Virginia is expected to rule on whether to dismiss the case in the next seven to 10 days.

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Gary Legum

Gary Legum has written about politics and culture for Independent Journal Review, Salon, The Daily Beast, Wonkette, AlterNet and McSweeney's, among others. He currently lives in his native state of Virginia.