Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi settled a harassment lawsuit brought by Jorge Rojas, an Illinois man who claimed her campaign unlawfully bombarded him with robocalls, the Conservative Brief reported. Her campaign was forced to pay out $7,500 after violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991.
In his 13-page lawsuit, Rojas accused Pelosi's campaign of sending 21 unsolicited text messages between November 2021 to July 2022. It was forced to pay up as the decades-old law is understood to apply to text messages as well as automated calls.
Rojas had been on the Do Not Call Registry since 2008 to "obtain solitude from invasive and harassing telemarketing calls," the filing stated. "As the Supreme Court has explained, Americans passionately disagree about many things," Rojas's lawsuit states.
"But they are largely united in their disdain for robocalls." Rojas claimed he "experienced frustration, annoyance, irritation, and a sense that his privacy has been invaded" by virtue of receiving her campaign's messages.
He also said they should be regarded as a "malicious, intentional, willful, reckless, wanton and negligent disregard" for his right to privacy. Originally, Rojas was looking for $1,500 per text message for a total of $31,500 in damages.
However, Rojas sought to have the case dismissed in February, long after the lawsuit was filed. That coincidentally came after a payment marked "Settlement" was sent to him from the Pelosi campaign.
Perhaps these text messages to an unwilling participant are just a small infraction or minor oversight by her campaign. However, by Pelosi's own standards, she should be subject to the full extent of the law.
Last month when former President Donald Trump was indicted by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Pelosi took to Twitter for a victory lap. "The Grand Jury has acted upon the facts and the law," she tweeted on March 30.
"No one is above the law, and everyone has the right to a trial to prove innocence. Hopefully, the former President will peacefully respect the system, which grants him that right,” the former Speaker said.
The 83-year-old California Democrat mischaracterized the American justice system, however. As her critics on Twitter were quick to point out, there is a presumption of innocence rather than a burden to prove one is not guilty of a crime.
"Nancy Pelosi is dead wrong here," Lee Zeldin, who ran for New York governor as a Republican, stated. "Does she really have no clue that the burden is not on a defendant to prove their innocence at trial?" he added.
"The right to ‘prove innocence’? This is America, not Stalinist Russia," Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) corrected her.
"Ms. Pelosi mistakenly says that Trump can prove his innocence at trial," a Twitter fact check note stated on her post. "Law in the US assumes the innocence of a defendant and the prosecution must prove guilt for a conviction."
Apparently, Pelosi thought it was prudent to pay off Rojas rather than "prove" her own campaign's "innocence." This just illustrates that in matters large and small, Pelosi never fails to show her hypocrisy.