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Longtime NRA Leader Faces Trial That Could End His Reign

via CBS Evening News
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Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association’s leader, faces a significant legal battle with New York’s attorney general, Letitia James, seeking to oust him due to corruption and mismanagement allegations.

The NRA has experienced a decline in membership and revenue, leading to a legal showdown and internal turmoil.

The trial involves revelations of financial misconduct, and Mr. LaPierre’s future as the NRA’s leader is uncertain. (Trending: Donald Trump Breaks His Silence After Major Court Win)

“It’s a matter of faith among members, based on credible external evidence, that the N.R.A. was facing these adverse actions by government officials if not entirely, then in large part, because of their antipathy toward the N.R.A. and its Second Amendment advocacy,” NRA attorney William A. Brewer III said.

“This phase of the case is about tales from the crypt,” he said, noting that the NRA’s attitude was that “if you made a mistake, you’re going to pay it back with interest, and if you do it again, you’re gone.”

Former insiders, legal battles, and challenges from within the organization add to the complexity of the situation.

“He’s putting malleables — what did Lenin call them, useful idiots? — in all the important spots,” former NRA director Phillip Journey stated.

“He won’t go down without a fight,” special counsel Nick Suplina said.

“Given the pervasive problems at the N.R.A.,” he said, “it is hard to imagine a judge not finding fault with the head of the organization.”

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