The Manassas Urinal-Massager is reporting that Prince William County has filed a motion to have the lawsuit filed by the Woodbridge Workers Committee dismissed on the basis that none of the plaintiffs have demonstrated they have actually been harmed by the county’s resolution in support of the rule of law. This is entirely consistent with one of the criticisms that Help Save Manassas raised soon after the lawsuit was filed, and probably the strongest argument for dismissal that the county could have raised. Here’s what Help Save Manassas said earlier this month about this baseless abuse of our court system:
The plaintiffs in this action have not suffered any harm, but are filing a lawsuit because they are concerned about something that may happen in the future. In order to file a lawsuit, plaintiffs must to prove that they have suffered actual harm, and the vast majority of plaintiffs in this case cannot in any way do so. To the extent that these plaintiffs are concerned about racial profiling, it is only because of the irresponsible and inflammatory statements by members of the illegal alien lobby which have told them this will unavoidably happen. Holding our Board of County Supervisors legally responsible for the irrational fear that the plaintiffs and their attorneys themselves have fostered within the immigrant community is outrageous.
The reporting by the MJM is incredibly shallow on this critical legal matter, and while they provided extensive coverage of this lawsuit, when the county responded to it all it merited was a pretty uninformative drive-by reporting that this motion had been filed. There’s not a single quote from the filing, a quote from any county official, or a reaction from anyone who might be interested in this matter. When this baseless lawsuit was filed, though, this got extensive coverage. One might suspect a degree of bias here.
At least you’d think they’d be interested in quoting from the motion. How are residents to evaluate this if they don’t have any substantive information about what the county has done on their behalf? As usual, reading the MJM isn’t going to make you smarter about local politics, it’ll just leave you more confused. This is unfortunate, as the reporters they have are definitely capable of doing better, if only the leadership at the MJM would allow them to.
If any readers have access to the motion, it would be a great service to the residents to have it posted in the comments section.
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