As we approach the first anniversary of the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, killer Stephen Paddock’s motives remain as much a mystery as ever.

And speaking of mysterious motives, MGM Resorts International, which owns Mandalay Bay and the venue where the shooting occurred, is pre-emptively suing the survivors in the hopes of staving off future lawsuits against themselves:

The company, which owns Mandalay Bay and the Route 91 Harvest festival venue, argues that it cannot be held liable for Oct. 1 deaths, injuries or other damages, adding that any claims against MGM parties “must be dismissed,” according to complaints filed Friday in Nevada and California.

MGM is a Nevada company, so any lawsuits belong in state court, [Las Vegas attorney Robert] Eglet said. He viewed the decision to file the complaints in federal court as a “blatant display of judge shopping” that “quite frankly verges on unethical.”

“I’ve never seen a more outrageous thing, where they sue the victims in an effort to find a judge they like,” he said. “It’s just really sad that they would stoop to this level.”

It’s hard to argue with that assessment.

Optics don’t get much worse than this.

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