A federal judge has reversed his previous ruling and allowed Covington Catholic pro-life student Nick Sandmann to proceed with his defamation lawsuit against the Washington Post .
Judge William O. Bertelsman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, a Jimmy Carter appointee, partially reversed his previous ruling in which he dismissed Sandmann’s $275 million lawsuit. The reversal will permit the Covington student’s lawsuit to proceed, reported LifeSiteNews.
Following the March for Life in Washington, DC, in January, many media outlets alleged a video depicted Sandmann, wearing a red “Make American Great Again” cap, and fellow students from Covington Catholic High School, as intimidating Native American activist Nathan Phillips near the Lincoln Memorial.
As Breitbart News reported, Sandmann “became the focus of the anti-Trump media” as an extended video and additional in-person reports of the confrontation showed it was Phillips who had intimidated Sandmann while the teen and his fellow classmates were simply performing school cheers as a group of Black Hebrew Israelites shouted racist insults.
The Washington Post admitted to the existence of vague “subsequent reporting” but neither retracted nor apologized to Sandmann for its false reporting.
Bertelsman dismissed the lawsuit based on the Post ’s failure to name Sandmann specifically and said that the “rhetorical hyperbole” of the news outlet was protected by the First Amendment.
President Donald Trump tweeted that Sandmann was “smeared by media”
As Breitbart News also reported, Sandmann’s attorneys filed lawsuits as well against CNN, NBCUniversal, Democrat 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, comedian Kathy Griffin, and other media and left-wing activists.
Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, said in a statement to Breitbart News that, each day, her organization “defends the free speech rights of students to stand for life in public in what is supposed to be a free society.”
The mistreatment of students as they attended the March for Life should offend all Americans who believe that each of us is protected when we act on our own consciences. It’s a good thing when a judge decides to respect students’ rights to be heard and to be seen with respect.
“As someone who works every day to defend the rights and needs of mothers and their preborn children, I know that the media often ignores and mischaracterizes pro-life Americans,” Hawkins added. “But our system of justice should protect the rights and freedoms of Americans who stand for the weakest among us, those whose life exists in the womb and who don’t have a voice or a vote.”
There are going to be a lot of Washington Post “journalists” who are gonna have to learn to code really soon.
What’s that stolen valor pissed off Native American guy up to, nowadays? Ever since that event, has he done anything else troublesome or absolutely race-baiting?
Maybe our latest progressive Army Ranger Special Forces Delta Force @Watchman_Libtard can give us an update - he probably keeps tabs on his fellow progressive war heroes.
I hope this kid and his lawyers don’t settle out of court on this. They need to take this all the way to the end and never settle. They will crush the Washington Post and take every penny they have.
He’s probably on some reservation somewhere getting drunk and huffing glue. It’s an ancient tradition in his culture, apparently.
This is great news! The entire media establishment went after this poor kid for standing while white. It was disgusting.
Like white people with toothless grins living in trailer Parks?
Better placed here;
Assume anything you want about me!
arrest all who slandered him
People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones! Your comment is just stupid! Usually I expect more from you Lazycat so forgive me for pointing out your ignorance! Just for the record I am not defending one loser who is an attention whore and claims to be one of us.
Agree! I hope this becomes a landmark case that sets precedent for future cases. Unfortunately with Bozo at the helm, and his deep pockets, this case will be tied up for years in endless appeals if Sandman wins!
Holy smokes guy calm down. I was kidding. If I wanted to be mean I would have said getting drunk, huffing glue, and collecting welfare
No calming down is needed! Just pointing out your ignorant comment! But go ahead add more if you have to, it is after all, passive aggressive behaviours that warrants such, we are all guilty of it!
You seem more level headed than others here and although our world views might be different I wish you the best. There’s plenty of room for all beliefs in America and I apologize for insulting you Sunday evening.
I came here due to some of your posters stealing profiles and content from a website where I’ve participated for years. Initially I thought that I’d stumbled into a dark website but I now know that not to be the case.
Our team and your founder are working together to clean things up now.
Best regards and farewell,
Thanks for the well wishes! I took no offense to your comment, I just viewed them as being “salty,” and as one vet to another you earned that right!
As far me, I am no angel, as I have let my own passive aggressive behaviors get the best me here at times, and realized that it gets me no where to changing hearts and minds but I am looking forward to changing that from this point on.
Also, aside from the conspiracy anti Jewish nuts and the partisan hacks here, most people are pretty cool and are intelligent and usually will offer some thoughtful insights about issues that we as Americans should all be concerned with and care about, if you give them a chance you might find that to be the case.
Have a good evening!