O’Malley Attorney: Democratic Debate ’Legally Problematic’

Democratic presidential contender Martin O’Malley’s attorney says DNC’s plan for 6 primary debates is “entirely unprecedented” and “legally unenforceable.”

  • “Legally the DNC cannot dictate the format or structure of any debate sponsored by a media outlet or 501(c)(3) organization -- including the criteria for participation”
  • Joe Sandler, O’Malley’s attorney, is former counsel for DNC
  • O’Malley, along with fellow contender Bernie Sanders, has called for more debates
  • NOTE: DNC and television networks have agreed that candidates must get at least 1 percent in 3 national polls to participate in debate
  • Related Story: Democrats Set Dates for Six Presidential Debates

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