STEPHEN  F.

 HUMPHREYS,  PC  
ATTORNEY  AT  LAW  
P.O.  Box  192  
Athens,  Georgia  30603  
athenslaw@gmail.com  
 (706)  207  6982  
 
 

 

August  19,  2016  
 
Deborah  Nolan  Gore,  Esq.  
Office  of  the  Attorney  General  
40  Capitol  Square,  SW  
Atlanta,  GA  30334  
 
 
Dear  Deborah:  
 
When  you  first  took  over  the  Benedek  litigation  we  established  a  positive,  mutually-­‐
responsive  working  relationship  that  was  a  great  improvement  over  the  previous  
situation.  However,  over  the  past  couple  of  weeks  I  tried  to  contact  you  concerning  
the  motions  before  the  court  and  had  no  response  to  any  of  my  calls.  Of  course  I  was  
also  surprised  to  read  the  motions  themselves  and  find  that-­‐-­‐contrary  to  our  
seemingly  cordial  relationship,  and  based  on  some  rather  glaring  mis-­‐statements  of  
fact—the  Attorney  General  was  once  again  attacking  me,  personally,  seeking  to  
actually  have  me  barred  from  the  courts  for  supposed  “abuse  of  the  legal  process.”  
 
First,  I  attempted  to  call  you  because  I  wanted  to  make  sure  you  had  seen  the  August  
15  Rule  11  notice  letter  before  our  deadline  to  file  responses  to  your  motions  to  
dismiss  and  stay  on  August  11,  2016.  This  was  a  rather  serious  matter  since  the  calls  
for  my  effective  disbarment  were  based  on  the  extreme  misperception  that  the  
instant  federal  action  was  the  third  of  three  identical  suits,  two  of  which  had  been  
dismissed  in  state  court.  
 
We  were  trying  to  give  you  some  benefit  of  the  doubt,  as  an  attorney  newly-­‐assigned  
to  the  long-­‐running  and  rather  complex  litigation.  It  should  be  quite  clear,  by  this  
point,  that  Benedek  I  and  Benedek  v.  Edlein  were  voluntarily  dismissed  and  re-­‐filed  
together  in  the  instant  federal  suit  pursuant  to  OCGA  9-­‐11-­‐41.  The  Attorney  General  
removed  Benedek  I  to  federal  court,  waiving  any  Eleventh  Amendment  immunity.  
The  two  dismissal  orders  entered  in  Benedek  I  were  both  vacated.  The  improper  
dismissal  order  that  was  attempted  in  Benedek  v.  Edlein  was  never  filed  with  the  
clerk.  Thus  Benedek  v.  Adams,  16CV1803,  is  properly  filed  in  federal  court,  free  from  
any  final  state  court  adjudication  and  following  the  proper  rules  of  procedure.  The  
Attorney  General  now  has  seven  days  to  retract  any  claims  to  the  contrary,  along  

with  the  unfounded  call  to  bar  us  from  the  courts  of  Georgia  for  bringing  claims  for  
wrongdoing  that  is  documented  in  the  public  record.  
 
Secondly,  I  call  this  misunderstanding  of  the  procedural  posture  to  your  attention  
for  a  more  practical  reason.  The  motion  to  dismiss  notes  that  Defendant  Adams  has  
not  been  served  with  the  federal  complaint.  You  will  recall  that  I  previously  asked  
you  about  acknowledging  service  for  Adams,  who  has  been  a  defendant  represented  
by  the  Attorney  General  in  this  litigation  since  February  of  2013.  To  be  on  the  safe  
side,  we  went  ahead  and  served  the  defendants  Judge  Edlein  attempted  to  bar  us  
from  adding  and  serving  in  Benedek  I,  though  they  were  served  in  Benedek  II.  As  you  
noted,  we  have  had  some  logistical  problems  serving  Michael  Adams,  which  would  
be  allayed  by  the  Attorney  General  acknowledging  service  of  the  complaint  on  this  
defendant  the  Attorney  General  has  represented  throughout  this  continuous  
litigation.  
 
In  our  prior  conversation  you  declined  to  do  that.  Now,  after  receiving  the  Rule  11  
letter  and  the  responses  to  the  motions,  with  a  proper  understanding  that  this  is  not  
a  separate  lawsuit  being  filed  against  Adams,  but  a  continuation  of  Benedek  I,  in  
which  Defendant  Adams  has  already  been  properly  served  and  represented  by  the  
Attorney  General  for  more  than  three  years  now,  we  hope  that  you  will  reconsider  
your  position,  acknowledge  and  waive  any  objections  to  service,  and  save  us  the  
trouble  and  expense  of  tracking  him  down  between  Athens  and  Malibu.  
 
I  will  look  forward  to  your  earliest  reply.  Thank  you  for  your  time  and  attention  to  
this  important  matter.  
 
 

 

 

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