Shawn Vestal: “constitutional” lawyer defends the cause of a fired football coach

The name of the lawyer on the press release announcing the latest legal threat from the Good Ship Rolovich could ring a bell.

Patriotic ‘constitutionalist’ KrisAnne Hall – a key figure in the Impasse Malheur and a regular on the far-right festival and podcast circuit – speaks for Mark Weber, one of the University’s assistant football coaches from Washington State who chose to lose his job rather than receive a life-saving vaccine.

Hall recently issued a press release threatening legal action on Weber’s behalf and saying he would stand alongside her former boss, Nick Rolovich, although it remains to be seen whether she will actually represent Weber in a lawsuit. She’s a lawyer, but the schedule and activities listed on her website include far more appearances at patriotic events and on conspiratorial podcasts than representing clients in courtrooms.

Yet we will see. Rolovich has registered his intention to take legal action, claiming to be the victim of tragic religious persecution, and he has a real-world West Side lawyer, who also represents three other assistants – but not, apparently, Weber. Weber’s press release suggests he will legally follow suit, but has yet to do so.

Either way, we are a long way from hearing the last of the gang that threw his blow on a blow.

Hall’s involvement, along with some fascinating revelations last week about a WSU virologist’s efforts to answer conspiratorial questions Rolovich had about the vaccine, are further suggestions that the coaches’ objections were more coming from anti-vaxxer disinformation than the pulpit. .

Hall is originally from Florida, where his law firm, Liberty First Legal, advises people on how to reject vaccinations and tackle mask warrants, among other far-right causes. You might remember her as a key figure in the Dead End of Woe, giving speeches about freedom in Burns, Oregon, during the occupation and spending time on the phone – in a way. which struck many as self-promoting and deaf – with the latest heist as he sadly and desperately considered ending his life.

A Washington legislative inquiry into his traveling companion, former state representative and child soldier trainer Matt Shea, identified Hall as one of the inner circle of Shea’s militarist planning emails prior to the ‘occupation. She was also on the list of legal advisers for COWS, a hilarious acronym, the Coalition of Western States, a group of far-right state lawmakers in the West.

Investigators concluded that she was likely co-author, along with Shea, of the “Redress of Grievances” letter given to the local sheriff before the takeover.

You may also have noticed her name at various constitutionalist-style festivals, where she speaks alongside other American Redoubt luminaries, and where she is hailed as a constitutional expert. Legal scholars take a look at his theories – such as the idea that sheriffs are the ultimate constitutional authority and that almost all activities of the federal government are unconstitutional.

She was, needless to say, a mainstay of the pandemic denial game and also an apologist for January 6. Shea posted on social media that she will be coming to the valley in November for a few “teaching how to fight back” events.

As you know, Rolovich and his assistants were fired for not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The precise reason for the shooting was not clear at the start and remains unclear.

This could have been the result of their requests for religious exemptions denied by a blind committee that considered the requests. It could also be that their religious exemptions were granted, but the university decided it could not safely accept those exemptions.

In Hall’s press release, she suggests that WSU would not accommodate Weber, suggesting that her religious exemption has been granted. Rolovich’s lawyer Brian Fahling said his request for religious exemption as a Catholic was denied. Considering the fact that the church’s position is in favor of vaccination, to put it mildly, it wouldn’t come as a shock. Neither lawyer returned messages asking for comment last week.

Rolovich’s lawsuit and Hall’s press release continue at length to blame athletic director Pat Chun for the dismissal. If Rolovich’s exemption was denied, however, it wasn’t Chun who turned it down, according to how the university described the process. (Interestingly, according to published reports, Chun is Catholic.)

Insightful new report from ESPN reveals that WSU officials set up a meeting between Rolovich and a prominent infectious disease professor at the school, Guy Palmer. Rolovich’s concerns, Palmer said, revolved around the standard array of social media conspiracies regarding side effects and safety, potential DNA changes resulting from the shootings, and Bill Gates’ alleged involvement.

In other words, the real territory of KrisAnne Hall. In her press release on Weber, she wrote: “No one should expect him to give up his most basic rights to keep a salary, especially in America.

It’s a special idea of ​​the job – I can do whatever I want without consequences! – but the one that Hall came to honestly.

In 2010, she was fired as a prosecutor in Florida when she refused to stop making anti-government speeches at tea rallies. As her boss said at the time, “I told her when I first learned her business that she was free to say and do whatever she wanted within the law, but she couldn’t. not do it as deputy state attorney. “

Hall then joined the far right as a martyr, but she lost that job – as sometimes happens when you thumb your nose at the boss.

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