For those who are still seeking justice against the Democratic National Committee for their mishandling of the Democratic primary, here it is: a lawsuit that was filed in June of last year against the DNC is heading to court.
The class action lawsuit has been making its way through the court system since October of 2016, and today it heads back to court to determine whether or not it will be dismissed, as requested by the DNC itself.
The lawsuit, which was lodged by two Bernie Sanders supporters Jared Beck and Elizabeth Lee Beck, allege that the DNC and DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz violated the DNC charter and helped tip the scales in favor of Hillary Clinton. While not an unusual argument to be made, this is the first time such an argument will be made in a court of law.
“So far in court, the DNC’s lawyers haven’t refuted that the primaries were rigged, but in their motion to dismiss, they argued that some Sanders supporters cited in the class action lawsuit posted on social media during the primaries that the Democratic Party was favoring Clinton. The lawyers have also argued that neutrality is just a political promise that the DNC should not be bound to keeping.”
The Democratic primary was a highly contentious one, not least of which because the DNC made several deliberate missteps in tipping the scales toward Candidate Hillary Clinton. This included a delayed response to calls for more debates, as well as some shady rule-changing at the Nevada Caucus, among other sketchy situations.
When the Podesta emails were leaked, concerned Berniecrats were given the evidence they needed to conclude that an effort was being made to favor Clinton over Sanders from major players in the DNC.
Whether this lawsuit is able to proceed or not, that the concerns of these progressives are being heard in an official capacity is progress.