Check out the latest video update from ReformSCI here. Vote NO on the Rudolph amendment!
Click here to read the TENTATIVE ruling of the California Judge that may require SCI to pay substantial legal fees
When you read the tentative ruling of the California federal judge, you will note that the last sentence says “Rudolph is entitled to recover his attorney fees and costs.” Who is going to pay these attorney fees and costs when the judge finalizes his ruling? SCI leadership will tell you that the fees will not be paid by SCI. Do you believe them? Does this pass your personal smell test? If SCI tells you that there is insurance coverage for this matter you should ask to read the insurance policy, or ask to speak to the insurance adjuster. You are a member of the Board, you have a right to know the truth about who may be forced to pay my fees for the ill-conceived lawsuit filed by SCI and Whipple. Between my fees and the fees paid by SCI and Whipple, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent on this lawsuit. For what purpose? For SCI and Whipple the purpose was to prevent the truth from being published. Should you believe what they say now that they have lost? Carry out your fiduciary duty to SCI and get to the bottom of this.
Another important matter is my hearing before the BOI. Board Members, I want it to be known that I never got a face to face hearing with the BOI. I was offered and I accepted a hearing in August of 2012, only to have the offer subsequently rescinded, forcing me to file a federal lawsuit against SCI and its board of inquiry members to tell my side of the story. Ask yourself if the denial of my face to face hearing is just another attempt to conceal the truth. Would you want a chance to tell your side of the story if SCI unilaterally decided that you were not worthy to be a member? If you would, then vote NO on the proposed bylaw amendment.
Update Regarding Ongoing Litigation and Efforts to Reform SCI
I wanted to take a few minutes to update the signatories of the Reform SCI Petition and other members of the hunting community regarding the various lawsuits that I am involved in with SCI. First, my lawsuit in Pittsburgh is proceeding toward trial. Depositions have been scheduled for many of the senior members of SCI including Ralph Cunningham and John Whipple. More depositions will be scheduled throughout the summer. To the extent that I can do so without violating any confidentiality agreements, I will update you regarding the outcome of these depositions including SCI’s desperate attempts to explain away the candid remarks made by Mr. Whipple.
Regarding the lawsuit that Mr. Whipple and SCI filed against me in California, my legal team continues to resist Mr. Whipple and SCI’s attempts to cast my recording of Mr. Whipple as a crime. The federal court in California has already concluded that SCI has virtually no chance of proving that I committed a crime. In fact, to date the Judge has not accepted a single one of SCI’s arguments. The legal opinion is posted at ReformSCI.com so that you can read it for yourself.
The Court did decline my request to move the California case to the federal court in the Western District of Pennsylvania. My intention to consolidate the legal cases in one court was to save SCI and myself money in litigating the unresolved issues. SCI has chosen to waste even more of your donated dollars by amending and refiling the same complaint that was rejected by the California federal court to include a variety of privacy claims, all of which require a finding that Mr. Whipple had a reasonable expectation of privacy in a public restaurant. Why are SCI and Mr. Whipple so afraid of Mr. Whipple’s truthful remarks?
To put a stop to Mr. Whipple and SCI’s needless waste of your donated dollars, my legal team filed two very persuasive motions in California. The first motion is a motion to strike filed under the California Anti-Slapp statute. The California Anti-Slapp statute protects defendants like me from lawsuits filed to challenge conduct that amounts to protected free speech.
A copy of the motion to strike is posted on ReformSCI.com. I encourage you to read it for yourself, or take it to your personal lawyer and ask for his or her opinion. If I am successful in challenging Mr. Whipple and SCI’s action under the Anti-Slapp statute, Mr. Whipple and SCI will be required to pay not only their own legal fees, but mine as well.
Do you want your donated dollars wasted filing lawsuits that have little chance of success and could lead to Mr. Whipple and SCI being liable for the attorneys’ fees of the opposing party? It is clear that persons in power at SCI are pursuing a personal agenda against me using SCI’s and your donated dollars. It is a breach of their fiduciary duty not to resolve all legal claims between renegade officers of SCI and me at the earliest possible date. We all know that the only persons who win in litigation are the lawyers. Both SCI and I are losers in the litigation game being played by SCI’s current officers. I can tell you without hesitation that this sort of conduct never would have happened when I was president of SCI.
The second motion filed by my legal team is a motion to dismiss Mr. Whipple and SCI’s complaint. That motion is also posted on ReformSCI.com. My legal counsel believes that Mr. Whipple and SCI’s new California complaint is simply a recasting of the lawsuit that the Court already dismissed. This second lawsuit was filed solely to harass me and waste SCI’s and your donated dollars. You should read it and take it to your personal lawyer for his or her opinion.
If you are reading this as a board member of SCI, I remind you that your fiduciary duty to SCI requires you to set aside your own interests, whether professional or personal, an always act for the good of SCI. Ask yourself if the senior members of SCI leadership that are making these decisions are doing so with their fiduciary duty in mind. In my opinion, it is obvious that they are not. Instead, they are pursuing a personal vendetta against me. All the while, they are spending SCI’s money as if you have given them a blank check to defend their misconduct in dismissing me as a member of SCI.
Don’t be misled by SCI’s renegade officers when they tell you that it was wrong for me to record John Whipple’s statements that Ralph Cunningham was “out to get me” for personal reasons. Listen the recording for yourself. As a pure “spin” on the facts, the SCI renegades call me shameful for releasing the John Whipple recording. When you know the facts, I am sure you will not consider me shameful. Had Mr. Whipple not feared the backlash and retribution that he would have been subject to if he openly discussed his true feelings about the reasons for my expulsion, as it was his fiduciary duty to do and as he did with many individuals privately, the federal lawsuits that have arisen out of my expulsion would never have been filed.
I recorded Mr. Whipple’s statements to put an end to the dishonesty and unjustified mean spiritedness in cooking up untrue charges against me that were used to dismiss me from SCI. Before the Mr. Whipple recording ever became public, I reached out to SCI in an effort to settle all litigation, giving SCI a copy of Mr. Whipple’s comments. SCI renegades had a copy of the Whipple video for 5 months before I ever made it public. All the time they had the tape, I was hoping to settle the case and SCI renegades were secretly plotting to sue me in California, a strategy that blew up in their faces when the Court dismissed their lawsuit.
My hope was never to release Mr. Whipple’s recorded comments because I hoped to save him the embarrassment of admitting that he breached his fiduciary duty as President by not preventing a wrong from occurring. I feel badly for Mr. Whipple because he is being penalized for being honest. Mr. Whipple, fully understanding the political process of the SCI BOI/Ethics Committee, chose resignation over predetermined embarrassment in a Kangaroo Court. As a litigation ploy, he was threatened with ethics charges that ultimately resulted in him resigning his membership in SCI, which is akin to firing a whistleblower who reports a wrong. It is clear to me that Mr. Whipple fears retribution from the SCI renegades for telling the truth and exposing the corruption associated with my dismissal from SCI.
I wanted to settle all litigation by having SCI assist in the restoration of my reputation, my life membership, and my hunting awards. I also requested that SCI refund the money I donated and pay me a reasonable sum of money for cancelling my consulting contract with SCI in bad faith. My goal was to settle. SCI’s renegades’ goal was to bury the Whipple video to conceal their misdeeds while continuing to spend SCI’s money to destroy my reputation. SCI even asked my wife to resign her membership in SCI in an effort to ensure that no Rudolph would ever be a political opponent again.
Instead of grasping the opportunity to settle the litigation, SCI’s renegade officers sued me in California, asking the court, to prohibit me from publishing Mr. Whipple’s statements that Ralph Cunningham and his cronies trumped up charges against me in a Kangaroo Court. My enemies in SCI didn’t want you to know the truth that Ralph Cunningham and his cronies were using the good name of SCI to commit a wrong against a loyal and longtime SCI Member and two time Past President by seeking his ouster for purely personal and political reasons.
If you take the time to educate yourself about the expensive snafu known as the Whipple and SCI v. Rudolph litigation you will discover for yourself the truth of the old adage “follow the money.” It has been said to me that SCI renegades involved in my litigation have been heard to say, “We have ten million dollars in the bank to use to defend against Rudolph’s lawsuit. We can wear him down with SCI’s money.” Keep in mind, SCI renegades such as Ralph Cunningham are using your donated money and SCI’s good name to personally destroy me.
Please remember that I have provided you with facts and updates that are supported by legal opinions and court filings. Ask yourself if SCI has done the same when you are carrying out your duty to SCI. Also consider whether threatening and intimidating members that want to understand all of the facts in order to make an informed decision is in the best interest of SCI. Does this type of conduct reveal the true motive of your elected leadership?
You can put a stop to this conduct by signing the Reform SCI petition. We have collected quite a few signatures to date. I will provide another update as soon as we receive a ruling from the court in California
View the Cunningham video here. This video exposes the lies told by Mr. Ralph Cunningham in a deliberate effort to destroy my reputation based upon his own personal agenda.
On Wednesday March 19, 2014 the attached Motion to Dismis was filed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of California. Click the link above the view the full text of the motion.
Additional details regarding this motion will be provided soon.
On Wednesday March 19, 2014 the attached Special Motion to Strike was filed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of California. Click the link above the view the full text of the motion.
Additional details regarding this motion will be provided soon.
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