Bradlee Dean is fighting back against the judge who ordered him to pay Rachel Maddow's legal fees in his lawsuit against the MSNBC host.
Dean sued Maddow and MSNBC, among others, alleging that she took his comments about gay people and Sharia law out of context on her show. D.C. Superior Court Judge Joan Zeldon recently ordered the Christian rocker to pay the defendants' legal fees — a total of $24,625.23 — in the case.
Talking Points Memo reports that an indignant Dean fired back at Zeldon on Tuesday, seeking her recusal from the case. "Judges are to enforce the law, not to defend lawbreakers and then award them money,” he said in a statement.
Dean's lawyer Larry Klayman has filed a notice against the judge, claiming that she was biased in favor of the defendants. "Judge Zeldon mocked and ridiculed Plaintiffs and their counsel while, to the contrary, Judge Zeldon referred to Defendants’ counsel approvingly as ‘distinguished,’ stating in effect that Plaintiffs and their counsel are not,” the notice reads. Dean even alleged that Zeldon's behavior was typical of a "woman scorned."
He filed his lawsuit in July 2011 after Maddow quoted his statement about gay people and Sharia law on-air. He claimed that she omitted the line where he said he is against the killing of gay people. She did, however, read that line.
CORRECTION: Dean was ordered to pay Rachel Maddow's legal fees, not fines as the article originally stated. Maddow was not fined in the case.