BRIEFING COMPLETED IN FOURTH CIRCUIT APPEAL FOR ALLEN V. BEIRICH AND SPLC CASE

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On May 11, 2020, I responded to the SPLC’s brief in opposition to my opening brief, filing a reply in further support of my appeal.  In this reply brief, I rightly called out the SPLC Defendants for improperly citing matters outside the appellate record in their opposition brief, as they sought to introduce newspaper articles and articles written by the SPLC as if factual.  I further pointed out the SPLC Defendants repeatedly contradicting themselves, for example, in claiming their Hate Map is a reliable source of information about “hate groups” while simultaneously claiming that same Hate Map is not factual but mere “hyperbole and rhetoric.”

I also argue that:

  • the SPLC Defendants in their opposition brief never properly addressed the allegations that they unlawfully acquired the information used to orchestrate my dismissal by the City of Baltimore
  • the defendants avoided – because they had no credible rejoinder to – my argument that the District Court misinterpreted the basic elements of my claims of tortious interference with contract and negligent supervision
  • the defendants’ own statements, and the SPLC’s status as a 501c3 nonprofit, indicate their defamatory accusations were not mere hyperbole and rhetoric
  • the RICO claims against the SPLC were properly pled.

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