Judge Dismisses Covington Kid's Lawsuit vs. WaPo

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lol...maybe his white trash racist mommy and daddy can try a slip and fall scam next...

Covington student's defamation case against Washington Post is dismissed

Covington student's defamation case against Washington Post is dismissed

By MATTHEW CHOI

07/26/2019 07:10 PM EDT
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A federal judge on Friday dismissed a multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit against The Washington Post over its coverage of an interaction between a Kentucky high school student and a Native American activist on the National Mall, which gained national attention after the video went viral.

Judge William O. Bertelsman dismissed the suit, stating that the Post's coverage was protected as free speech and rejecting Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann's argument that the newspaper implied inaccurately that Sandmann had behaved in a menacing or violent way. The Post had quoted the activist, a veteran named Nathan Phillips, who said Sandmann stood in his way to get to the Lincoln Memorial in the Jan 19 incident.


Bertelsman wrote that though Phillips' claim may have been inaccurate, the Post had a right to publish it. The Post couldn't be sued for defamation simply if some of its reporting was inaccurate, he wrote, rather it had to both false and defamatory.

Bertelsman added that the Post did not report factually that Sandmann was acting in a criminally violent manner. He added that many of the statements that Sandmann alleged were defamatory were not actually about him but about the students as a whole.
 

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Well, ol' Nick and his parents' and their lawyers' drive for Truth, Justice, and the American Way just hit a snag.


Judge dismisses Covington student's defamation suit against
Washington Post
A federal judge in Kentucky Friday threw out a defamation lawsuit filed against The Washington Post by Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann and his family over the paper's reporting of an incident between the young man and a Native American man this past January in Washington.​
The lawsuit, which was filed in February, sought $250 million in damages and accused the Post of practicing "a modern-day form of McCarthyism" by targeting Sandmann and "using its vast financial resources to enter the bully pulpit by publishing a series of false and defamatory print and online articles ... to smear a young boy who was in its view an acceptable casualty in their war against the president."​
...In a 36-page ruling, U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman noted that the Post never mentioned Sandmann by name in its initial coverage of the incident, referring only to groups of "hat wearing teens." Bertelsman added that "the words used contain no reflection upon any particular individual" and thus could not be constituted as defamation. The judge also ruled that the newspaper used language that was "loose, figurative," and "rhetorical hyperbole" which is protected by the First Amendment.​
...Sandmann's lawsuit was based on seven articles and three Tweets that appeared on The Post's website and social media pages after the incident. President Trump supported the lawsuit when it was filed, tweeting: "Covington student suing WAPO. Go get them Nick. Fake News!"​

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good.

they never had a case to begin with

besides, if his parents were good parents, they would have made the whole thing a valuable life lesson, instead of trying to profit off the situation

IMO
 

imaginethat

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good.

they never had a case to begin with

besides, if his parents were good parents, they would have made the whole thing a valuable life lesson, instead of trying to profit off the situation

IMO
A $250 million lawsuit....
 
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