Aenderian Acting Presydent Horatio Eden has moved for dismissal with prejudice in the Aenderian sedition and voter intimidation case against him.
A dismissal with prejudice is distinct from a mere dismissal as it precludes parties from bringing the same case again. Anthony Clark, the Chief Justice of Aenderia, who is hearing the case, will need to approve the motion.
A successful motion would be a boon for his Presydential campaign, removing the hurdle of a criminal investigation against him that could ultimately jeopardise his campaign, though would leave him open to continued accusations from his political opponents if the claims brought against him were never fully proven or rebuked in a court of law.
His motion comes as the election campaign kicks into gear. Democratic Party candidate and former Presydent Russell Gilzem, who was removed from office by a legislative action in favour of Eden, then his Vice Presydent, made a speech last night asking the Aenderian people to “give him a chance” and dismissing his Conservative opponent as a “stranger that signed up for elections, won, then attempted to overthrow the current presydent in an act of 6 charges being filed against him” in reference to the court case currently pending and for which Eden has filed for dismissal.
When asked for comment on the speech, an Eden spokesperson responded, “Horatio Eden has every intention of beating the spurious charges brought against him in court, and he and his campaign will not take cues from an individual who believes conservatism and racism to be synonymous with each other,” citing comments Gilzem made during a debate citing “libertarian-conservative” as another word for “racist” (Gyazo link).
The election was called for the 20th of October, 2018, in a bid by the acting Eden administration to resolve swirling questions about his government’s legitimacy. Early – though notably unscientific – polling taken last Sunday by the Aenderian News Network, which is openly anti-Gilzem, puts Eden ahead by a margin of 66% to 33%. The Daily Micronational has not yet commenced polling.