CNS HEADLINE: Southern Poverty Law Center's Criteria for Naming 'Hate Groups' Subpoenaed by Public Advocate
Cybercast News Service reports:
A local official in Virginia has subpoenaed the Montgomery, Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the SPLC Task Force on Hate in the Public Sphere for the criteria it uses to designate other organizations as "hate groups."
The subpoenas were filed February 28th in Loudoun County Circuit Court. They request "all written criteria, guidelines, bylaws or rules used by Southern Poverty Law Center to designate organizations or groups as 'hate groups' from the inception of the Southern Poverty Law Center to the present date." (See Delgaudio_Vs-SPLC_Inc-.pdf & Delgaudio Vs. SPLC Taskforce.pdf) -
Leesburg, Va. attorney Charles King filed the subpoenas on behalf of four-term incumbent Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling), who is battling an effort to remove him from office under a rarely used Virginia law that allows elected officials to be ousted for "[a] neglect of duty, [b] misuse of office, or [c] incompetence in the performance of duties." -
The designation of Public Advocate of the United States, the conservative 501(c)(4)group Delgaudio runs, as a "hate group" by the SPLC was specifically cited in the complaint against him filed in court: -