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The judge dismisses the NRA’s claims that NY AG is targeting them in the lawsuit

A New York judge on Friday dismissed the National Rifle Associations’ claims that New York Attorney General Letitia James illegally shot them in her investigations into the organization.

The gun rights group had filed a counterclaim against the AG, accusing it of targeting them for political reasons as part of a “witch hunt” that stretched back to their tenure.

But Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Joel Cohen dismissed those allegations, noting that James’ office had sufficient grounds to open its investigation.

“The investigation followed reports of serious wrongdoing and uncovered additional evidence that at least undermines any suggestion that was merely an excuse to punish the NRA for its constitutionally protected activities,” Cohen’s decision said.

“The narrative that the attorney general’s investigation into these undeniably serious matters was nothing more than a politically motivated — and unconstitutional — witch hunt is simply not supported by the records,” the ruling said.

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New York Attorney General Letitia James originally filed a lawsuit against NRA in 2020, claiming it violated nonprofit rules.
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James filed a lawsuit in 2020 to disband the NRA, alleging its leadership violated charitable rules by diverting millions of agency dollars to fund lavish lifestyles, including trips to the Bahamas, safaris in Africa and excursions on yachts.

In March, Cohen dismissed part of AG’s lawsuit aimed at dissolving the NRA, instead finding ways to reform the organization — including potentially removing top executives.

“Today the court upheld the legitimacy and viability of my office’s lawsuit against the NRA for its years of fraud, abuse and greed,” AG James said in a statement.

NRA attorney William Brewer said they were “disappointed” with the verdict and claimed James had political animosity towards the NRA.

“Of course we are disappointed with the report. However, we understand the court’s decision that the NRA’s recent victory over NYAG nullified certain counterclaims – when the court nullified its efforts to dissolve the Association,” Brewer said in a statement. “And as the records reflect, the NRA is committed to responsible corporate governance and is transparent about its efforts in this regard.”

https://nypost.com/2022/06/10/judge-rejects-nras-claims-that-ny-ag-is-targeting-them-in-suit/ The judge dismisses the NRA’s claims that NY AG is targeting them in the lawsuit

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