Constitutional lawyer pokes holes in lawsuit against Gov. DeSantis: 'Stronger on rhetoric' than 'facts or law'
Constitutional lawyer Jonathan Turley poured cold water on the federal lawsuit filed against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for transporting migrants to Martha's Vineyard.
What about the lawsuit?
Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston filed a class action lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday accusing DeSantis of having "executed a premeditated, fraudulent, and illegal scheme centered on exploiting this vulnerability for the sole purpose of advancing their own personal, financial and political interests."
The lawsuit claims DeSantis violated the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments by transporting the migrants, among other crimes.
DeSantis, however, claimed the migrants went voluntarily, releasing the Spanish-English document that migrants signed before their trip.
What did Turley say?
The liberal attorney, who teaches at George Washington University Law School, described the lawsuit's claims as "highly dubious," explaining they "will require substantially more factual support to survive" in court.
Because DeSantis can prove the migrants signed forms acknowledging their trip to Massachusetts, Turley said the lawyers will have to prove consent "was secured by trick or fraud." But that will be difficult, Turley explained, because the lawyers point to a brochure they claim is deceptive but actually pulled information directly from a Massachusetts government website.