BradBlog.com, July 3, 2006
As previously reported, The BRAD BLOG can confirm that those two federal whistleblower suits will soon be filed by RFK Jr. and Papantonio. They will be filed via Papantonio’s Florida-based firm Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Echsner & Proctor, P.A.
The first of the two suits, The BRAD BLOG can now reveal, is scheduled to be filed late next week – around the 13th – according to the attorneys preparing the case. Representatives of the firm are scheduled to meet this week with officials at the U.S. Department of Justice to discuss some of the legal requirements of the first suit.
Because qui tam suits have very specific rules pertaining to public disclosure issues prior to filing, for the moment we can’t say too much more about them, but regular BRAD BLOG readers will likely be familiar with some of the players involved in these suits.
Beyond that, we’ll refer to Rolling Stone’s coverage this week of Kennedy and Papantonio’s plans – with more to come, no doubt, on these very pages in the days and weeks ahead … Kennedy, meanwhile, is preparing to up the ante on those he believes abetted the GOP’s electoral theft. In July, the outspoken attorney plans to file “whistle-blower” lawsuits against two leading manufacturers of electronic voting machines. According to Kennedy, company insiders are prepared to testify that the firms knowingly made false claims when they sold their voting systems to the government – misrepresenting the accuracy, reliability and security of machines that will be used by 72 million voters this November.
“This is a unique way to try and stop these vendors,” Kennedy tells Rolling Stone. “In both cases, our whistle-blowers are familiar with security problems that were well known by the vendors but concealed from election officials during the bidding process. Because we’re relying on ‘inside’ knowledge, it is a far more frightening prospect to the company than a traditional lawsuit might be. And if we prove our case, we will hit the corporations the only place they feel it: in their pocketbooks.”