Crowdfunder Sues Politician For Lying

What if you could sue a politician for lying to the public?

Who would be first in the dock?

It must be a popular idea, at least in the UK, since Marcus Ball was able to crowdfund over £270,000 to sue Boris Johnson for lying about the effects of Brexit.

Now, a Magistrate’s Court in London has subpoened Johnson to appear for trial. Ball is a “Private Prosecutor” which permits citizens to file criminal charges if they pay for the prosecution themselves.

Crowdfunding is a way to do it – his page is seeking £500,000.

The prosecutor claims that Johnson made an allegedly fraudulent claim that appeared on the Vote Leave’s buses that the UK sends £350 million a week to the EU when it could be spending this money on its National Health Service instead.

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Johnson has indicated that he plans to compete to be the next Prime Minister after fall elections.

https://www.jurist.org/news/2019/05/uk-mp-boris-johnson-to-face-brexit-misconduct-charges

About JeffKoeppel

I am a corporate/securities attorney in the Washington, DC area. Prior to joining the firm, I was a Senior Attorney Advisor in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. I am a member of the Bars of the States of Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia. You can also follow this blog on LinkedIn at: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jeffrey-a-koeppel/0/63/5a9
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