ACF Threatened with Defamation Lawsuit After Exposing GOP Legislator’s Domestic Disturbance Issues
On September 26th, American Children First broke the story that California Assemblyman Marc Steinorth (R-Rancho Cucamonga) was involved in a domestic disturbance at his residence in April 2017.
In response to that post, and just hours later, we received a "cease and desist" letter from a law firm demanding that we take it down. But before we get to that let's rewind with the backstory.
Maria Steinorth called the 911 emergency number claiming that her husband had taken her phone which is supported by records released to our organization by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
Click on the image below to view the computer assisted dispatch (CAD) record.
Unfortunately, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department denied our request for a copy of the police report.
When we broke the story we also brought up the rumored affair between Steinorth and one of his political staffers.
We have been told by several sources that there is a relationship of some kind between the two. Additionally, sources have stated that the argument between the couple that prompted the 911 call was over video evidence the legislator's wife had found on the closed circuit video system of the family business.
Numerous reports have Ms. Steinorth stating that she had found her husband in a compromising situation with his staffer and that she had confronted him with it.
American Children First is in receipt of a "cease and desist" take down letter sent by a high powered Sacramento law firm on behalf of their client, Heather Rouhana. Ms. Rouhana is Steinorth's chief of staff and the law firm is Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP. It is my understanding that this is the same firm that the California Republican Party keeps on retainer to the tune of about $20,000 a month.
In the letter below, which can be read by clicking on this link or the image itself, her attorney demands that we take down any and all references to their client. He also accuses us of engaging in per se defamation and violating her privacy.
We find this attempt to bully and intimidate us from exercising our First Amendment rights offensive.
In reviewing the letter, we do not believe we have engaged in defamation of anyone nor do we believe we have violated any privacy rights of any individual. And we stand by our story.
There will be a follow up to this post later this weekend.