Last October, Judge Otero dismissed one of the suits Stormy Daniels filed against Donald Trump and ordered her to pay Trump’s attorneys’ fees which amounted well into six figures. Following that ruling, Trump agreed not to sue Daniels for her violations of the terms of their non-disclosure agreement. That rendered moot one of her other suits, and Judge Otero has now dismissed that case for lack of jurisdiction. Federal courts cannot rule on a moot case with no controversy to adjudicate. Because the case was originally filed in state court, it has been remanded back there for the final i-dotting and t-crossing, but it’s over for all practical purposes.
Here’s the judge’s ruling—
Michael Avenatti is trying to spin this as a win for his client.
As my podcasting partner Stacy McCain and I were saying on last night’s episode of The Other Podcast, there’s some interesting connections starting to pop up. The Creepy Porn Lawyer Michael Avenatti has tweeted out that he’s representing Democrat activist Alexandra Chalupa, citing a Vox story trying to tie recent reporting on Chalupa’s work for the DNC to a suggestion in the summer of 2017 by Paul Manafort to “target Alexandra Chalupa, a political strategist and consultant for the DNC, for allegedly working with Ukrainian officials to hurt Trump’s candidacy.”
News of Chalupa’s activities broke much earlier. The Daily Caller ran a story connecting her and her anti-Trump efforts with Brett Kimberlin in March, 2017. The Kimberlin-run Manafort Watch website was put up in August, 2016, when Chalupa was taking particular interest in Paul Manafort. The site is still live, although nothing new has been posted there since September, 2016.
Curiouser and curiouser.