Jerry Falwell Rages: Forwarding My Emails Is A Crime And I’ve Now Hired The “Meanest Lawyer In New York”

Ars Technica reports:

Reuters today published a selection of emails in which Falwell used insulting or disparaging language to describe Liberty University students, staff, and parents to other administrators. “I’m not going to dignify the lies that were reported yesterday with a response,” Falwell told the AP, but he said he hired “the meanest lawyer in New York” to pursue civil cases against sources who shared communication with Politico.

“Liberty owns every single one of those emails. It’s our property. They were working for us when they used our server,” Falwell told the AP. “Our policies make it clear every email sent on our server is owned by Liberty, and if anybody shares it with anybody outside Liberty, it is theft. And so that’s the underlying crime.”

Falwell’s assertions of theft seem unlikely to be greeted with a strong response from the FBI, according to an expert the AP spoke with. He called Falwell’s assertions “totally insane,” adding, “I don’t think any law enforcement agency is going to be interested in this one.”