A Mississippi state Representative says he was using his free speech rights when he suggested murdering elected officials after calling for them to be “lynched” for removing Confederate flags and monuments.
Lawyers for state Rep. Karl Oliver (R-Winona) responded to a lawsuit filed against him by attorney and activist Carlos Moore, who asked the court to order the Republican lawmaker to read books about Emmett Till and other black Americans who were lynched, reported WJTV-TV.
Oliver’s attorneys, who seem to think it is OK for non lawmakers to call for mass murder, filed a 24-point defense of the lawmaker, who they argued was not acting in his official capacity when he called for “Nazi-ish” elected officials to be hanged.
Attorneys disputed Moore’s complaint that the threat was specific, and they argued that Oliver was protected against the lawsuit by both the First and 11th Amendments.
Oliver’s attorneys argued that Moore lacked standing to file the suit, which did not name the state as a defendant, and asked the court to dismiss the case and order the plaintiff to repay the lawmaker’s legal fees.
Moore, who has worked to remove Confederate imagery from the Mississippi state flag, simply asked the court to order Oliver to read the books, “The Blood of Emmett Till,” by Timothy Tyson, and “At The Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America,” by Phillip Dray and submit written summaries of at least 3,000 words of both history books.
Carlos wants Oliver to understand the insanity of what he did by calling for the brutal murder of lawmakers who support removing symbols of slavery and terrorism.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)