Rep. Tim Burchett asks judge to dismiss lawsuit by man he falsely tied to Kansas City shooting

U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett has requested a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by a Kansas City-area resident who says a false tweet from the congressman brought on him misery.

Burchett’s attorneys say the lawsuit was filed within the flawed courtroom and that the congressman cannot be held accountable for reposting a photograph that was shared broadly throughout social media.

“Unfortunately for plaintiff, onlookers and media outlets began taking pictures and video recordings of plaintiff, which images immediately went viral showing up on social media platforms …” Burchett’s submitting says.

His submitting goes on to falsely claim that main information retailers linked the man within the picture to the shooting.

After a fatal shooting at a Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl celebration Feb. 14, Burchett tweeted a photograph of Denton Loudermill, falsely saying he was one of many shooters and was an unlawful resident. Neither is true.

Loudermill mentioned in his lawsuit that Burchett’s false accusations about him being the shooter and an “illegal alien” brought on him psychological misery and emotional struggling. Loudermill was arrested as a result of he was suspected of being drunk in public. He was by no means a suspect within the shooting.

Burchett’s allegations, the lawsuit says, “were false and were circulated widely among defendant’s followers and defendant’s false assertions about plaintiff were reposted and widely circulated to more than one million people around the world who had interactions or engagements with defendant’s false assertions about plaintiff.”

Why does Burchett need the lawsuit dismissed?

In the dismissal request, filed May 1, Burchett’s attorneys mentioned the social media posts weren’t private. The picture was viral earlier than he shared it.

Burchett made the submit from Washington, D.C., to a nationwide viewers, Burchett’s protection mentioned, and he did not know Loudermill’s title or that he was a Kansas resident. Because the submit wasn’t made in Kansas or directed particularly at Kansans, Burchett mentioned within the submitting a Kansas district federal courtroom would not have jurisdiction.

‘Burchett ought to have identified,’ lawsuit says

“(Burchett) knew or should have known that his inflammatory post on social media would be seen and read nationwide, including in Kansas where the subject of his post was a resident,” the lawsuit says.

Loudermill is asking for $75,000 due to the “highly offensive” nature of Burchett’s accusations.

Burchett is operating for reelection this fall to symbolize Tennessee’s 2nd Congressional District. The 2nd District contains Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Knox, Loudon and Union counties.

Knox News reached out to Loudermill’s protection and didn’t obtain a response.

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This article initially appeared on Knoxville News Sentinel: Tim Burchett wants suit over Kansas City social media post dismissed

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