Thomas Renz became a licensed attorney just before the start of the pandemic. Now, he's making a name for himself as a spreader of misinformation about COVID-19, one of his claims being that people are dying from the COVID-19 vaccine.
As The Washington Post points out, Renz has been at the head of federal lawsuits in six states challenging shutdowns, mask mandates and vaccines while claiming that the threat from the virus is exaggerated.
"It is a highly visible role for Renz, 44, who passed the Ohio bar exam in November 2019 on his fifth attempt and has limited litigation experience, according to a Washington Post examination of his career," writes the Post's Shawn Boburg and Jon Swaine. "Before becoming a lawyer, he worked an array of jobs, including at a nonprofit that told The Post it terminated him and at a rural credit union. Two female employees at the credit union accused him of repeatedly making sexually suggestive comments at work and one alleged he touched her breast in 2014, according to letters the women wrote to the credit union's chief executive that were obtained by The Post."
Boburg and Swaine contend that Renz's lawsuits reflect the strategy employed by allies of former President Trump who were trying to undermine the results of the 2020 election, who raised money and made headlines by filing lawsuits, or promising to file them, based on dubious claims.
In an email to the post, Renz said that his law firm had been paid "around $250,000" so far for his COVID lawsuits. "I am certainly not making much off of this," he claimed.
"If you know there are safe and effective treatments and actively work to cover them up to promote sales of an untested injection that is only able to be categorized as a vaccine after the definition of the word 'vaccine' is changed, then it is my personal belief that what is happening is akin to murder," he wrote.
Read the full report over at The Washington Post.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday announced it will hear a Mississippi case that is a "direct challenge" to Roe v. Wade, the case that found women have a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling by the strong conservative majority court could lead to overturning the landmark 1973 case that has been considered settled law for nearly 50 years.
The Court will hear argument in the case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, on Wednesday, December 1.
NEW- Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in major #abortion case - in which Mississippi is asking the court to overturn Roe v Wade - on December 1
— Andrew Chung (@andrew_chung_) September 20, 2021
The case focuses on a Mississippi state law that bans abortion after 15 weeks. Since 1973's Roe v. Wade the Supreme Court has generally used a 24-week standard.
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott just signed into law legislation that effectively bans abortion after six weeks. Many believe that law to be unconstitutional.
The architect of that law, former Texas solicitor general and Federalist Society member Jonathan Mitchell, was exposed last week as having co-written an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court that says women use abortion as an alternative to contraception and could merely stop having sex if they are unable to access abortion.
In that same brief Mitchell writes that the Supreme Court's 2015 ruling finding same-sex couples have a right to marriage, and an even earlier ruling that say people of the same sex have a constitutional right to sex, should be overturned.
The TX lawyer who wrote the anti-abortion law filed an amicus brief in Dobbs, the Mississippi case seeking to reverse Roe v. Wade. The sneering and dismissive tone towards women is remarkable. He insinuates women who get abortions use them as a "fallback method of birth control." pic.twitter.com/bineLhWt5j
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) September 19, 2021
He also calls same-sex marriage a “judicial concoction."
“The news is not as good for those who hope to preserve the court-invented rights to homosexual behavior and same-sex marriage," Mitchell writes. “These 'rights,' like the right to abortion from Roe, are judicial concoctions, and there is no other source of law that can be invoked to salvage their existence."
New video shows Capitol rioter frothing at the mouth as he confronts police: 'You are a moral coward!'
Newly released body cam video from the Capitol insurrection shows a Jan. 6 rioter frothing at the mouth as he confronts a Metropolitan Police Department officer guarding the perimeter of the building.
"You're f*cking defending a machine that doesn't even f*cking care about you," Joseph Lino Padilla tells the officer, with scuba goggles covering his eyes and a mask around his neck. "But if you let us in there, that machine will be gone, and we will f*cking protect you. You're being a moral coward. You are a moral coward. You know what you're doing is wrong."
A federal judge has made the video public after prosecutors included images from it in their criminal complaint filed against Padilla in February, according to WUSA9 investigative reporter Scott MacFarlane.
Padilla, a former sergeant with the Tennessee National Guard, is accused of repeatedly assaulting police during the insurrection, including throwing a flagpole at officers. He remains behind bars after a federal judge declined to release him before trial in May.
"Attorneys for the government have argued the multiple assaults and a series of social media posts celebrating the failed insurrection are evidence the suspect was too dangerous for release ahead of trial," the Tennessean reported.
Watch the new video below.
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