BREAKING: Fed judge reverses ruling, allows Covington student suit against WaPo to proceed

BREAKING: Fed judge reverses ruling, allows Covington student suit against WaPo to proceed

[Ed. – Potentially good news.  It will depend on what the courts do going forward with the suit.  Although the case seems clear-cut from the simple standpoint of good faith and fairness, setting the wrong precedent could have evil consequences for freedom of speech and press. Hard cases make bad law.]

Pro-life teen Nick Sandmann’s defamation suit against the Washington Post got a new lease on life Monday thanks to US District Judge William Bertelsman partially reversing his prior ruling, which will allow the suit to move forward. …

Sandmann’s attorneys … launched a $250 million defamation suit against the paper [in February 2019].

Bertelsman dismissed the suit in July on the grounds that the Post’s initial coverage didn’t specifically mention Sandmann by name, that its language was constitutionally-protected “rhetorical hyperbole,” and that while Phillips’ version of events may have been “erroneous,” the Post reporting on his “opinion” fell within the First Amendment’s scope.

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On Monday, however, the judge partially reversed himself and allowed the case to proceed to the discovery phase, attorney Todd McMurtry announced …

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