Judge dismisses libel suit against Washington Post brought by Covington Catholic High School student

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A federal judge in Kentucky on Friday dismissed a $250 million libel suit against The Washington Post brought by a high school student who claimed that the organization’s coverage of his and his fellow students’ encounter with an American Indian activist at the Lincoln Memorial in January was false and defamatory.

U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman ruled that seven Post articles and three of its tweets bearing on Nicholas Sandmann — who was part of a group of Catholic students from Kentucky who came to Washington to march against abortion — were protected by the First Amendment. In analyzing the 33 statements over which Sandmann sued, the judge found none of them defamatory; instead, the vast majority constituted opinion, he said.

“Few principles of law are as well-established as the rule that statements of opinion are not actionable in libel actions,” Bertelsman wrote, adding that the rule is based on First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech. “The statements that Sandmann challenges constitute protected opinions that may not form the basis for a defamation claim.”

In his suit, Nicholas Sandmann claimed that the “gist” of The Post’s first article, on Jan. 19, was that he “assaulted” or “physically intimidated Phillips” and “engaged in racist conduct” and taunts. “But,” the judge wrote, “this is not supported by the plain language in the article, which states no such thing.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/judge-dismisses-libel-suit-against-washington-post-brought-by-covington-catholic-high-school-student/2019/07/26/d02fd6ce-afd3-11e9-8e77-03b30bc29f64_story.html?utm_term=.db621a8bd1e2

This outcome was expected. I guess his parents are disappointed they did no get the "payday" they were expecting.
 
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He sued the WaPo for $250M for calling Nick a racist. A Judge today threw out his lawsuit. I guess Nick is still a racist in the eyes of the law.
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Judge Dismisses Kentucky Teen's Lawsuit From Viral Encounter

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit against the Washington Post from a Kentucky teen who accused media organizations of falsely labeling him a racist during an encounter with a Native American at the Lincoln Memorial.
By Associated Press, Wire Service Content July 26, 2019
 
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He sued the WaPo for $250M for calling Nick a racist. A Judge today threw out his lawsuit. I guess Nick is still a racist in the eyes of the law.
:cool:

Judge Dismisses Kentucky Teen's Lawsuit From Viral Encounter

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit against the Washington Post from a Kentucky teen who accused media organizations of falsely labeling him a racist during an encounter with a Native American at the Lincoln Memorial.
By Associated Press, Wire Service Content July 26, 2019

Your comment/conclusion doesn't make a lot of sense.

What exactly is the point or the discussion item that this thread is meant to address...??



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