It seems "Joe the Plumber's" lawsuit against state employees in Ohio is heading down the drain.
"Joe the Plumber," whose real name is Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, gained national attention when he confronted then-candidate Barack Obama about taxes in 2008. After video of the confrontation went viral, three Obama supporters who worked for the state of Ohio delved into state databases seeking information about Wurzelbacher, the Associated Press reports.
Those searches violated Wurzelbacher's First Amendment and privacy rights, Joe the Plumber's lawsuit claimed. But three judges on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals flushed those claims down the toilet.