90 Miles From Tyranny : Federal Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Tea Party In IRS Suit

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Federal Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Tea Party In IRS Suit

A ruling handed down Friday in a lawsuit against the IRS stated the organization did indeed target certain tea party groups. It also called for proof from the IRS that such targeting was no longer being practiced.

The IRS had asked that the lawsuit be dropped, because the organization said it had “voluntarily” stopped the targeting.

Federal Appeals Court Judge David B. Sentelle rejected the notion, citing that some tea party groups were still awaiting approval for tax-exempt status despite having applied years earlier.

Sentelle went on to point out that the IRS’s claims that the groups’ requests could not be processed because they were suing the IRS for not processing the requests created a classic catch-22.
“The IRS is telling the applicants in these cases that ‘we have been violating your rights and not properly processing your applications. You are entitled to have your applications processed. But if you ask for that processing by way of a lawsuit, then you can’t have it,'” Sentelle wrote. “We would advise the IRS: If you haven’t ceased to violate the rights of the taxpayers, then there is no cessation. You have not carried your burden, be it heavy or light.”

In April, Sentelle said in a hearing that evidence seemed to show that the IRS had delayed processing non-profit status applications for some tea party groups while asking questions unnecessary for processing the requests.

He added, “It’s hard to find the IRS to be an agency we can trust.”

Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice said after the April hearing. “The IRS and the federal government are not going to get away with...
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1 comment:

  1. Of course they will get away with it. Who will stop them? The law has not stopped them sofar and no judge will, either. In fact, I would not be surprised if that judge finds himself audited from now until he dies. The people responsible, in addition to Lois Learner, will get a fat pension and the next shift will take over.


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