Mayor Becomes Entangled by Gun Lawsuits

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 20 Nov 2007 11:25:23 GMT  <== RKBA ==> 

Joseph Goldstein at The New York Sun - New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg could be in legal hot water over his smearing of the reputations of two southern gun shops. He could be personally liable. I hope the courts rule that way, and he loses a few million. Play a dirty game. Get dirty. Go get 'im, Bob Barr.

The decision paves the way for a trial. If the case does go to a jury, as Mr. Mickalis's attorney, Sonaly Hendricks, yesterday said would happen, a fraction of the mayor's personal fortune and city dollars will be on the line. Yesterday's ruling, by Judge Roger Young of the state's circuit court in Charleston, S.C., allows Mr. Bloomberg to be sued in his private capacity. The judge explained this unusual move by saying that the sting operation Mr. Bloomberg ordered up against the shops went beyond the duties of a New York mayor.

"Defendants cite no statutes or case law giving a mayor from the state of New York the power or authority to administer, regulate, or enforce federal law with respect to federal firearms licensees located in South Carolina or to investigate compliance with those laws outside of his own borders," Judge Young wrote.

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