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Mueller’s Law Firm Threatens Suit Against Cernovich, Baked Alaska, The Donald Reddit

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Robert Mueller’s law firm Wilmer Hale, whose client list includes Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, is now representing Pepe creator Matt Furie in threatening to file a lawsuit against Mike Cernovich, Baked Alaska, The Donald subreddit and Richard Spencer for using the meme.

The law firm sent those involved cease and desist letters on Monday.

https://twitter.com/Cernovich/status/909876528665595904

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There have previously been concerns from the media about Mueller’s firm’s client list and his role as a special prosecutor overseeing the Russia election meddling witch hunt.

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“This Pepe image is clearly fair use, it’s protected under the First Amendment, and any lawsuit threat is frivolous,” Cernovich wrote of the lawsuit.

Originally from the comic series “Boy’s Club by Furie,” Pepe gained popularity in 2008 with the “feels good man” reaction image. From there sad, smug, angry, and a variety of other reaction-Pepes were born. The comic frog has been a staple of internet culture ever since. It gained more popularity on the right after Hillary Clinton declared war on the cartoon frog during her campaign.

Clinton’s campaign even went as far as posting a Pepe “explainer” on her website, which immediately became the top result for the meme on Google. “Donald Trump, Pepe the Frog, and White Supremacists: An Explainer,” the article is headlined, continuing, “That cartoon frog is more sinister than you might realize.” It was hilarious.

The anthropomorphic frog is a popular meme that originated, along with many other popular memes – from Doge to Scumbag Steve – on 4chan message boards. It is widely used across party lines by those who enjoy internet culture. While it has become a sort of unofficial mascot for those on the right and certainly has been used by some who aim to offend, it is still just a reaction meme.

“This lawsuit threat is frivolous, and moreover, contains a knowing falsehood. The letter links to an article where I specifically disclaim any involvement with the alt-right. Thus this lawyer has committed fraud by lying about my being ‘alt-right,’” Cernovich asserted in his Medium post responding to the lawsuit.

Tim Treadstone, better known as Baked Alaska, told Big League Politics that he has not received a letter about the lawsuit — but that his book was removed the Amazon store with no recourse to fight for the project he spent over a year working on. He provided Big League with the letter he received from Amazon, which stated that the company expects “that you’ll compensate this party appropriately for any infringing copies sold.”

“It was fair use, my graphic designer recreated a Pepe for my cover that wasn’t Furie’s original drawing,” Treadstone said. “My Amazon book was taken down with no appeal process. They filed DCMA takedowns — but when looking at the trademark on Pepe — it’s expired. It’s fair use regardless, though.”

Treadstone added that they also removed his ‘Build the Wall’ app from the Google Play Store, effectively crushing his livelihood.

Something that most meme-lovers know is that once their pet meme is embraced by “normies,” or people who don’t get internet culture, it is no longer cool. For this reason, Clinton’s demonization of Pepe and this absurd lawsuit by Furie may actually be the thing that keeps the smug frog going forever. Has nobody ever heard of the Streisand Effect?

 

Update: Previous headline stated the lawsuit was already filed. They have only been threatened with one.

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Appeals Court Refuses to Expunge Joe Arpaio’s Contempt Conviction After Presidential Pardon

A judge isn’t happy about the pardon.

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A federal appeals court is refusing to expunge former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpario’s contempt of court conviction, after the sheriff was granted a presidential pardon by President Trump.

Such a legal move is rare if not unprecedented for the recipient of a presidential pardon. Usually federal and state court systems dismiss the convictions of people granted presidential pardon.

Arpaio was convicted of contempt of court in 2017 for refusing to change the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department’s practices after a judge mandated that the agency cease immigration raids.

Three judges of the liberal San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court upheld a ruling from a lower circuit court refusing to expunge the legal record of Arpaio’s conviction. The move sets new legal precedent for a recipient of a presidential pardon.

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Arpaio was a frequent target of Eric Holder and the Obama administration, often coming under intense DOJ scrutiny for the practices of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.

Arpaio ran for the United States Senate in 2018, coming in third in the Republican Primart behind Martha McSally and Kelli Ward. He’s now running for his old position as Maricopa County Sheriff once more at the ripe age of 87.

In any case, presidential pardons have traditionally resulted in dismissal of criminal convictions in federal and state courts. It’s hard to think of the 9th Circuit’s decision to maintain the conviction as anything more than a political slight to President Trump.

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