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Law & the Courts

No, the Troll Wasn’t ‘Stunned’

The closer one looks at the new Colorado complaint against Jack Phillips, the more ridiculous it gets. Take, for example, the testimony of the “victim” in the controversy, attorney Autumn Scardina. He asked Phillips to design and bake a cake celebrating his transition on the very day the Supreme Court accepted Jack’s case for review. Yet Scardina still says he was “stunned” when Phillips refused. The Washington Free Beacon’s Alex Griswold has the testimony (and the right response):

Scardina was a troll, pure and simple. As I outlined in my essay today, he’s also likely the person who bombarded Phillips with requests to design increasingly grotesque cakes celebrating Satan. Scardina harassed Jack, tried to intimidate him, and attempted to provoke a new legal controversy.

Colorado gave Scardina exactly what he wanted. It took the testimony of a troll and turned it into a legal case — in direct defiance of the Supreme Court. The responsible officials should be held personally liable.

David French is a senior writer for National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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