Subpoena Issued For Martin Ssempa In Civil Lawsuit Against Scott Lively

Last month the Center For Constitutional Rights surprised us with the revelation that Ugandan Pastor Martin “Eat Da Poo Poo” Ssempa is a US citizen and is therefore subject to a subpoena in their civil lawsuit against Scott Lively, who stands accused of crimes against humanity. The Ssempa subpoena has now been issued along with a $1900 check to cover his travel expenses to Massachusetts. Ssempa is very prolific on Twitter and has not yet publicly commented there about this development. (Via Equality Case Files)

  • Todd20036

    Nice, but it’s not like he’s actually going to come to the US. After all, even if he is held in contempt, he can only go to jail if he actually comes to the US

    • BobSF_94117

      I doubt you’d find many grifter/exploiter African leaders who don’t expect to move to somewhere more decent at some point. I suppose he might pick London…

      • Todd20036

        I believe we have extradition treaty with England, but I suspect we’d have to rule out the death penalty in order for England to comply.

    • MichaelM

      Therein lies the problem. Even if he’s held in contempt, there’s no extradition treaty between the U.S. and Uganda.

      Would someone with some civil procedure experience please humor me this: if Ssempsa does’t show up, can the plaintiff draw any “adverse inferences” from his lack of answers?

    • Blackfork

      If he refuses to come to the US for deposition and is indeed a US citizen, he will not be able to come to the US again without a good deal of trouble. That is also in the balance for Eat da poo poo.

    • StraightGrandmother

      Is his wife American?
      Where is she from?
      If she is American would kinda suck to never travel with your wife to visit her family.

    • Paula

      Can’t we just let SEAL Team 6 take care of him?

  • YESs!

    Have to admit, I really never expected this lawsuit to get so far. I’m glad and relieved to see the court taking it seriously.

    • YakHerder

      Well, keep in mind, if you want to depose someone in a federal lawsuit, you just fill out a subpoena and mail it to them yourself; the court doesn’t give its blessing. So Ssempa could still challenge the subpoena: either the laundry-list (more like a wish-list) of documents that the plaintiffs ask for, or the propriety of the deposition itself. If Ssempa challenges it, then the court could get involved and decide if he has to obey it.

      But that may not happen. Before the court will even consider issuing an order requiring Ssempa to attend the depostion or bring any particular documents, the court will require SMUG and Ssempa to sit down and try to negotiate about those things privately, without court involvement. Courts HATE getting involved in issues like this and will strongly urge the parties to work it out like grownups. Only if that can’t happen will the court get involved, and the results can be hard to predict because the judge will be very grumpy.

      • StraightGrandmother

        Thanks for that info. However he would have to hire a lawyer to represent him to challenge the subpoena. At any rate he is a fool if he doesn’t hire an attorney right now as he has been subpoenaed. Ou this is so delish.

  • Gigi

    Poo poo is an American citizen. Interesting.

  • bkmn

    If Ssempa doesn’t show I hope the legal team makes full use of his twitter rants and connect them to Lively. He is a product of Lively and we all know Lively has spoon fed a lot of this crap to him.

    • ColdCountry

      (I see what you did there.)

    • RoFaWh

      Someone should archive those tweets fast, before they are deleted.

  • Also note the documents he is required to produce, listed beginning on pdf pg 6.

    • Sam_Handwich

      wow, that’s certainly a long list

    • Would some/all/any of these documents be things that the court has reason to believe exist? Mentioned in depositions of Lively? How might that work?

      • I’ll answer this with the caveat that this is not my area of expertise. Perhaps someone with a greater knowledge of federal civil procedure as it relates to discovery can add/correct.

        Discovery is, in part, a search for what does exist. It can’t be an overly broad fishing expedition, but if the document request is for non-privileged items relevant to the plaintiffs’ claims, it is okay to ask for things even if you don’t know if they exist. Here is a good discussion of allowable discovery for anyone who wants to nerd out:

        • Thank you! Will check out the link and see how far this bookbinder can wade through it. ;^)

    • Rebecca Gardner

      WOW! That is some list.

    • delk

      Documents relating to:
      Canyon Ridge Christian Church
      Oakseed Ministries
      Saddleback Church

      • Stev84

        Saddleback is Rick Warren’s cult

  • LonelyLiberal

    Ssempa’s like a ssnake. He’ll sslip away into the underbrussh and you’ll never ssee him again.

    • Paula

      I am sure some nice Islamic country will let him in.

  • bryan

    Let’s hope Ssempa brings his fisting videos, and copy of the Pink Swastika. And keeps talking. Lively has created a Frankenstein who is now going to help bring him down.

  • vorpal

    He spewed enough poo poo about eating da poo poo, and it’s time for him to own up to it.

  • StraightGrandmother

    Oh this is great.
    I can’t wait until the deposition.
    Martin, eat da poo poo, Ssempa has gotta be furious.
    Oh boy, oh boy, I am just delighted with this news.
    This is great, gonna have to run out for popcorn though.

    • OrliJoe in Fla

      Here you go!

    • People4Humanity

      Let me know if you fire this up on the Twitter machine!

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I hope “Eat Da Poo Poo” ends up somewhere in the deposition.

    • medaka

      That would be rich!

    • StraightGrandmother

      OMG, YES!!!
      What a quote that would make.

  • shellback

    It ssucks to be ssempa.

  • Bj Lincoln

    Nice to know they are moving on this case. About damn time.

    • There has been a lot going on in the case, particularly as to discovery. It just hasn’t been activity that necessarily reflects on the docket.

      • MichaelM

        Such as?

        • The case is in discovery phase. This generally includes deposition and production of documents.

          In fact, discovery was due to be complete by now, but the parties jointly requested a 90 day extension (from the parties’ request):
          “This case involves novel and complex questions of international law. As such, discovery in this matter has, and will, involve the review and production of thousands of documents, many with a foreign provenance, and the potential depositions of numerous witnesses located on multiple continents. The parties have been diligently pursuing this discovery, but in light of the complexity and arduous nature of the process, they make the instant application for an extension.”

          The specifics of discovery rarely appear on the docket except when, as in the case of Ssempa, the Court has to issue a subpoena or when a dispute arises between the parties on matters of discovery.

          • MichaelM

            Gotcha. And our only window into the process will be when briefs and oral arguments cite any documents turned up in discovery?

          • Yes, and I suspect this will go to trial, so you can add testimony in court to the list of ways we’ll see what was discovered.

            I’m generally able to eventually obtain even items that don’t go on the docket if they were used in the trial at all, or if they can otherwise be made public. For example, I’ll be compiling all the evidence used in the Michigan trial and making the archive publicly available, as time allows – both my time and the time of the attorneys who have offered to scan and pass along all the material (attorneys who have been otherwise occupied until recently).

          • disqus_oCvsL5SBJH

            You’re just wonderful!

          • YakHerder

            What makes you think “trial” in this case? Not summary judgment? What facts are in dispute?

          • Thank you for all this information. When a case goes quiet its hard to know if its even still viable.

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  • zhera

    Eat sshit, Ssempa!

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  • Terry

    Pastor Mark “Eat da poo poo” Ssempa…

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  • Ginger Snap

    $1900 of our tax payers money to bring this piece of shit to our country. They had better find them all guilty.If he come to Mass. I’ll be there protesting any New Englanders out there lets plan a get together protest I’ll bring snacks.

    • ColdCountry

      That sounds like a plan!

    • RoFaWh

      Poo-poo Ssempa is not on trial. He is being summoned for the purpose of taking a desposition.

    • StraightGrandmother

      Maybe the Plaintiffs pay the costs too bring him over to be deposed, gosh how I love associating him with the word Deposed ;-‘)

  • RCChicago

    Good heavens, that’s quite a list of documents! Thanks as always for Kathleen at Equality Case Files for her superlative work and support.

  • LAguy323

    Maybe him too busy eatin da poo-poo, mon?