Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Brazil asks court to dismiss Roe counterclaim

St Charles County Commissioner Joe Brazil filed documents Monday in St. Charles County Circuit Court asking for the dismissal of political operative Jeff Roe's counterclaim against him, and for Roe's third-party countersuit against First Capital Publications and Photography, LLC, St. Charles, and First Capital News.
Roe's countersuits were filed in response to a libel suit filed by Brazil, who sued Roe after last-minute attacks were launched against Brazil in Roe's blog, The Source, just before Brazil's state senate primary loss in August 2006.
Capital Publications and Photography, LLC, St. Charles, and First Capital News, LLC.

Brazil's lawsuit against Roe was first revealed in the O'Fallon Watchdog and The Turner Report.

On his blog, The Source, Roe wrote two items about Brazil in the week before the Republican primary. The first, on Aug. 1, said:

Then Senator Jon Dolan was phoned many times by Brazil's constituents as they complained about a “drunk and rowdy crowd” at the New Melle Festival. Imagine the shock when Dolan came to find out that Brazil was the ringleader of the drunken ruffians. But Party Boy Brazil's escapades don’t stop there. During one of his golf events, Brazil allowed women in attendance to discard their clothing and go topless.

Is this what Missouri needs in one of its Senators? The Source thinks not. Perhaps Joe Brazil should examine his own past before he attempts to disguise himself as a Republican. Brazil has no business even thinking about running a campaign against incumbent Scott Rupp. Rupp is what Missouri needs in the State Senate. He is a responsible, strong, family man who Brazil could learn a lot from.

Roe's Aug. 4 post led directly to the lawsuit:

According to, in 1982, Brazil was attempting to pull off a senior class prank at McCluer North High School in Florissant, Missouri. Brazil plan was to deposit thousands of pounds of sand into the school's faculty parking lot. Brazil even owned a dump truck that could be used to aid in the prank.

After quite a few beers, Brazil and his buddies loaded up the dump truck with sand and drove to the school. One of Brazil's friends, Norval Pierce sat on top of the bed of the truck while Brazil dumped the sand. Brazil drove slowly while dumping attempting to adequately spread the sand in the parking lot. As Brazil was driving the truck jumped forward, throwing Pierce through the frame of the truck. Not realizing what had happened, Brazil continued to drive while drunk and dumping sand. Brazil proceeded to crush Pierce under the truck.

So now we have another instance of Brazil’s
irresponsibility and not owning up to his mistakes. What else do we need to know Joe?

Roe is being represented by David Marcus of the law firm of Graves, Bartle, and Marcus, the law firm headed by former U. S. Attorney Todd Graves.
More information about Roe's counterclaim can be found in the June 25 Turner Report.

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