Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Lawsuits are coming over 2004

Kennedy says he's meeting with lawyers to discuss a "litigation strategy."

Published June 20, 2006 4:41PM (EDT)

In an interview with PRWeek, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says he'll follow up on his Rolling Stone story about the 2004 presidential election by bringing lawsuits against as-yet undisclosed defendants.

In his Rolling Stone piece, Kennedy said that he has "become convinced that the president's party mounted a massive, coordinated campaign to subvert the will of the people in 2004." Now he says he's meeting with lawyers to devise a "litigation strategy" to address the problems raised in his article. "And I would say very soon we'll be announcing lawsuits against some of the individuals and companies involved," Kennedy tells PRWeek.

Kennedy declined to identify possible defendants, but he notes that many of the "same people" involved in suspicious activities in 2004 are "up to the same shenanigans" with respect to upcoming elections.

If Kennedy files suit over the 2004 election, he won't be the first: The Democratic Party of Ohio, among many others, has engaged in litigation over the voting in that state. But a lawsuit from Kennedy -- even if it didn't reverse the results of the last presidential election, which seems beyond unlikely at this point -- would bring renewed public attention to what happened in 2004 and could make it harder for Republicans like Kenneth Blackwell to continue with the voter-suppression tactics they're already employing for 2006 and 2008.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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