Scott Lively’s Crimes Against Humanity Trial Begins, Liberty Counsel Demands More Information From Ugandan Plaintiffs

The crimes against humanity lawsuit against Scott Lively began today with his Liberty Counsel lawyers demanding more information from the plaintiffs, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG). Via MassLive:

Lively is being represented by the Liberty Counsel, based in Orlando, Florida, which bills itself on its website as “an international nonprofit litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family.” It has provided pro bono legal assistance on these and related topics since 1989. Attorney Roger Gannam on Tuesday argued that lawyers for the plaintiffs were being so surreptitious in turning over documents – already subject to an “attorney’s eyes only” restriction – that it was hindering Lively’s ability to wage an effective defense.

“Scott Lively has no desire for the information except for this lawsuit,” Gannam argued to U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine Robertson. “SMUG has not proved that it’s reliable in deciding what Scott Lively should see and shouldn’t see.” In particular, the lawyer cited an email relating to a SMUG fund-raiser geared toward paying fees in the Lively case, which he said was so heavily redacted even the subject line was blacked out. Gannam also referred to images the plaintiffs have withheld of participants at the 2009 workshop in Uganda, which he argued Lively couldn’t confirm were there if he can’t see their faces. Gannam also suggested the plaintiffs’ representation of the significance of the 2009 workshop in Uganda was overstated.

Lively did not attend today’s hearing. According to the above-linked report, he is planning to move his ministry from Springfield to Riverside, California in order to “expand the brand.”

RELATED:  On May 11th SMUG issued a subpoena which demands that notoriously anti-gay Ugandan Pastor Martin “Eat Da Poo Poo” Ssempa appear to testify at the trial. The subpoena included a $1900 check to cover Ssempa’s travel costs from Uganda. Normally a prolific many-times-per-day Twitter user, Ssempa has not tweeted since the subpoena was issued.

  • vorpal

    deciding what Scott Lively should see and shouldn’t see

    The only thing Scott Lively should see are the four walls of a prison cell. Unfortunately, he won’t, because the Alien Tort Statute (resulting in a civil trial) is the only available legal recourse to punish him, as far as I know, for crimes against humanity committed in other countries.

    I do hope that his finances end up as bankrupt as his morals, as I said to Octavio already.

    • BeaverTales

      Loretta Lynch has successfuly charged international non-American criminals who haven’t even committed a crime in the US in the FIFA scandal. If any of Lively’s African cronies can be shown to be financially corrupt (probably not difficult), he’s fair game for jail time.

      AG Lynch is hopefully following these developments.

      • Octavio

        Agreed. Enough sunshine on his personal finances and I’m certain he can be sent to jail for tax fraud. 🙂

        • Justin

          And who knows what associations will be revealed by that sunshine. Hmmm. Who else is going to be exposed?

        • Bad Tom


          • teeveedub

            It would indeed be nice if he were convicted of something. However, a tax fraud conviction is nowhere near commensurate with his actual crimes.

          • People4Humanity

            Tax fraud put Al Capone in the klink — yes?

          • teedofftaxpayer

            Yep and he died there too.

          • People4Humanity

            Guess that taught Al not to scorn Mrs. IRS?
            She can BE a bitch!

          • Bad Tom


  • jomicur

    So, in essence, Lively’s buddies want identifying info on lots of LGBT Ugandans, so they can forward it to their cronies in Africa. Why am I not surprised they’re trying to use this trial to further their horrific agenda?

    • crewman

      Or to intimidate them with that implicit threat so they back down.

    • Sk3ptic

      Exactly what I thought.

    • I mean, they do have to turn over *some* info on the plaintiffs. But this sounds like yet another stalling/intimidation tactic.

  • Bill_Perdue

    When the Nazis were tried for crimes against humanity they were hung.

    • Gustav2

      I don’t want to hear about your former sex partners’ endowments. 😉

      • Bill_Perdue

        Piggery, not politics. Actually it’s the Obama regime that’s in bed with fascists. “What Nuland did not reveal on December 13 was that her meetings with ‘key Ukrainian stakeholders’ included neo-Nazi Svoboda party leader Oleh Tyahnybok and prime minister wannabe Arsenly Yatsenyuk of the Fatherland Party. At about the same time Nuland was wooing fascist extremists, Sen. John McCain (R-Az) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D- Conn) shared the stage in Kiev with Tyahnybok offering their support and opposition to the sitting government. The Svoboda party which has roots with extreme vigilante and anti-semitic groups has since received at least three high level cabinet posts in the interim government including deputy prime minister. There is no doubt that the progenies of west Ukraine’s historic neo-fascist thugs that fought with Hitler are now aligned with the US as represented by Victoria Nuland.

      • vorpal

        I can list Bill’s former sex partners’ endowments for you:

      • trouble94114

        Uh oh… now you’ve done it.

    • Larry Ft Pierce

      “HANGED,” not “hung.” (Got skoolin’?)

      • Mike P

        Unless the Nazis had really big dicks. If they had a noose around their necks, they were hanged.

      • MDB

        Bb..bbb…butt, flayush kkardz an’ cyfferin’ – thaym izz tew harrde !!!!

        • Bill_Perdue

          The cult view of things. Did jebuz whisper that in your ear? Does he still sti on your shoulder and tell you you’re his one and only secret lover?

  • BearEyes

    “According to the above-linked report, he is planning to move his ministry from Springfield to Riverside, California in order to “expand the brand.”

    so, he’s worn out his welcome in MA. What else happened we don’t know about?

    • Pollos Hermanos

      CA doesn’t want him back. He wore out his welcome when he was based in Citrus Heights which isn’t all that far from Riverside.

      • tcinsf

        Citrus Heights is pretty far from Riverside, at least physically.

      • RoFaWh

        He should move to, oh, I don’t know, perhaps Beach, North Dakota.

        A more gawd-forsaken little burg I’ve never seen elsewhere. Spent the night there once.

  • Ninja0980

    Such a shame this SOB likely won’t see the inside of a prison cell.

  • Sam_Handwich

    He’s moving to CA?

    Last i heard, he was running for a US House seat in western MA

    • Gustav2

      More money in California?

      • rusty57


    • Gest2016

      He’s moving kinda close to my neighborhood. Hmmmm ….

      • Treg Brown

        Mine too. Hmmmm indeed.

        • Gest2016

          I don’t think Genocide Architects go over so well in Southern California. I think I’ll make sure all his neighbors know who moved into the neighborhood.

      • Bad Tom

      • Lael Gardner- Stalnaker

        I really don’t want him in my city! We already have enough issues being a religious conservative county plus California Baptist College.

    • Bad Tom


    • teeveedub

      Western Massachusetts is full of liberals and, when he ran for Governor in MA, he got about 12 votes. There’s probably more latitude for his particular brand of hatred in CA’s Inland Empire than there ever was or ever will be in Massachusetts.

  • Lively should be convicted. Rick Warren, who helped spread the hatred overseas as well, got his own taste of karma when his youngest son, a closeted gay man, took a gun and blew his brains out.

    well done, warren! you drove your own kid to suicide.

    • Bad Tom


    • teeveedub

      I agree with you about Rick Warren’s complicity in Scott Lively’s crimes, but I’m afraid I don’t feel like taking a victory lap regarding a gay kid’s suicide.

      • it’s no victory lap – it’s an ugly reality. the man has contributed to the suicides of countless LGBT people, and refuses to acknowledge it.

  • What a piece of shit. And sorry for demeaning actual shit, which serves a useful purpose.

  • Blake Jordan

    Crucify the fucker!!!

    • Ron Robertson

      I’d like to see him on National TV, and have him confronted with all the blood he has on his hands, showing photos of all who have died for his viciousness and have him try to justify it or finally admit that he’s a murderer by proxy and should be imprisoned. Then, every time he tries to obfuscate, lie or dodge the questions, he gets zapped with a taser (finally, a legitimate use for them). That still wouldn’t come close to making up for his crimes, but it’d be a great warning to others of his kind, and probably be a great help in showing the moral bankruptcy he adheres to. He might as well serve a purpose in this world somehow, at last.

  • “Expanding the brand” – ? So he’s admitting the obvious, that this “ministry” of his is nothing but a scam business.

    • teedofftaxpayer

      All of them are. Even the Preachers/Ministers, Priest and so forth are all Grade A con men. “Please send me money, God is going to smite the U.S. because of the evil gays” Maybe I should start a church and preach a whole bunch of lies, can’t be any worst than these fools.

  • Bill T.

    Scott Lively deserves to suffer the very same indignities that his influence has imposed on the LGBT community of Uganda and the rest of the world.

    • Doug105

      Can we just parachute him to ISIS.

      • Bill T.

        No. They’d put him in charge.

        • Unlikely. The minute he started preaching Jesus they’d cut his head off. On camera.

          • Bill T.

            Lively and ISIS have more in common than not.

          • In many ways, they do. But Lively is a cross-worshipper and a self-professed hater of Islam. And he’s an American, supposedly a high-ranking one. On all three counts he is an enemy, to be killed without mercy should he fall into their hands.

          • Bill T.

            You must love the sound of your own voice.

  • When this lawsuit started I bet he thought the whole thing was a joke.

    • David L. Caster

      The fact that nobody was laughing should have been his first clue. I would like to see the little shit so completely bankrupted that he will never be able to travel or incite violence again. The US should revoke his passport.

      • Bad Tom


  • BudClark

    Unsurprising. Lively and his henchmen will have them killed.

  • Octavio

    Thinking out loud (always a dangerous thing), I think when he is found guilty that Scott be sentenced to 10,000 hours of working as a janitor at a non profit youth hostel for HIV+ and other at-risk teenagers. And he needs to live on the premisses, too. 🙂

    • BobSF_94117

      You forgot… he has to wear a ball-gag at all times.

  • Michael

    I hope this evil false prophet is not really moving to California. We don’t want him here. Let him move to Uganda.

  • bsinps

    We don’t want him here in Riverside County CA. Riverside is an LGBTQ friendly county wHicham includes Palm Springs.

    • David L. Caster

      Then work with the local authorities to block any kind of business he tries to set up there.

      • bsinps

        I’ve already started doing that. Thanks

  • Chris Larosa

    Don’t think he only has it in for the African LGBT community. At the April 28th marriage equality hearing, that piece of shit was standing behind Tony Perkins and Sandy Rios on the SCOTUS steps rubbing his hands and licking his chops. His sister is a lesbian, and dammit-to-hell, we’re ALL going to pay. If any of you haven’t seen him in action and the crazy beyond-slanderous way he has lied about gay people to ignorant gullible people, be sure to check out ‘God Loves Uganda’. Just be sure to keep rocks, beer bottles, small pets, and other throwable items far from your tv screen. You’ll thank me later.

  • Christophe

    All that must be done is for prosecutors to have HIS OWN writings and speeches admitted into evidence. Lively, and those like him, are *notorious* for recording and documenting their own criminality. His own words and actions are enough to demonstrate overwhelming intent to harm LGBT at home and abroad, and he will have no one else to blame but himself when he’s found guilty and sentenced for it, hopefully for the rest of his life.

    • Unfortunately, this court has no power to imprison him; but a guilty verdict will certainly cramp his style.

  • txstevo

    Just what Riverside needs…to become even more of a hellhole

  • Mark

    I hope they take this sonofabitch all the way down. It’s high time these fucking worm-tongues face the consequences of peddling their hate-filled bigotry.

  • Just so no one is confused, this isn’t the beginning of a trial. Today was a motions hearing to consider certain motions having to do with discovery. I haven’t had a chance to read or post all the motions yet. At present, my days and energy are being taken up with the JONAH during the week. Will try to catch up with this over the weekend, but didn’t want anyone to be confused about what is happening here.

    For some context, here are upcoming deadlines in the Lively case:
    – Lively’s motion for summary judgment, if any, is due June 30; Plaintiffs’ opposition is due July 1, and any reply is due August 11.
    – A hearing on any motions for summary judgment is scheduled for September 10, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.

    As far as I know, no trial date — if this goes to trial — has been set yet. (I’m saying that from memory – would have to check the docket to be sure).

    • Thank you for your hard work keeping us in the know with these two cases.

    • People4Humanity

      What biki sez, plus all the other cases too!

  • map

    Moving his ministry to Riverside Ca huh ?
    Yep that’s where the meth is.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Judge should try Liberty Counsel, for crimes against humanity too.

  • He should face these at the Hague.

  • zhera

    That’s interesting about Ssempa! I wonder if that’s all it is going to take to make him sshut the fuck up.

  • KQCA

    As heartless and cruel as this creature is, I wouldn’t even wish on him what he has done to others. An eternity in hell fire would be a picnic compared to an eternity walled up in a city with this creature and his ilk.

  • teedofftaxpayer

    Just convict him.

  • JCF

    “move his ministry from Springfield to … California”

    Ah, HELL NO!!!! My Golden State? Fuhgeddaboutit!

    • Halou

      Maybe he wants to join his strategy with Matt McLaughlin guy who proposed that so called “Sodomite Suppression Act”.

  • Halou

    Continental drift is moving faster than this case is. He will have died twice over by age before it actually begins.