The robocall saga just took a turn which reminds me a bit of the old Abbot & Costello routine of “Who’s on first?” From political smokeout:
Daniel Willard and Stace Nelson are suing Gary Dykstra, their alleged co-conspirator in political robocalls who has testified against them.
The two men are defendants in a civil lawsuit filed by state Sen. Dan Lederman, over the robocalls. Dykstra, who has admitted to helping to send out the robocalls, testified about Willard’s and Nelson’s involvement in both that civil suit and Willard’s criminal trial.
Late Tuesday, Willard and Nelson countersued Dykstra as a “third-party defendant” in the civil suit, saying some of his testimony “has not been truthful” and has caused Willard and Nelson to be “damaged.”
So, Dan Willard is charged, tried and convicted of making the illegal robocalls during the last election. Rushmore PAC files a civil lawsuit against Willard, once Willard’s name comes out. Gary Dykstra implicated him, and also implicated now US Senate candidate Stace Nelson in the civil lawsuit, but Nelson was not indicted in the criminal trial.
As part of the court proceedings in the criminal Robocall lawsuit, as part of the defense, Willard’s attorney, R. Shawn Tornow offered as part of his argument that Stace Nelson could have done it. But, now that he’s representing Nelson, R. Shawn isn’t making that argument any more.
As part of the latest twist, Willard and Nelson “countersued Dykstra as a “third-party defendant” in the civil suit, saying some of his testimony “has not been truthful” and has caused Willard and Nelson to be “damaged.” (as cited in the above Argus article)
Why do I think this has the likelihood of dragging out for a while?