Skip to comments.Federal Judge Dismisses Covington Catholic Students’ Defamation Suit
Posted on 12/27/2020 7:04:14 AM PST by marshmallow
(CN) — Defamation and harassment claims brought by students at Kentucky’s Covington Catholic High School against CNN, the Washington Post and NBC were dismissed by a federal judge Wednesday after he found that none of the twelve plaintiffs had been defamed or unlawfully threatened.
The suit stems from a confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial in January of 2019 during the annual March for Life, and followed on the heels of CNN’s settlement with fellow student Nicholas Sandmann.
Sandmann’s tense encounter with Native American activist Nathan Phillips at the march went viral, sparking widespread ire on social media from commenters who objected to the school group’s alleged chants of “Build the wall” and “It’s not rape if you enjoy it” — which the students say were fabricated — and to perceived disrespect of Phillips, a former Marine Corps reservist whom the complaint called a “phony war hero.”
Phillips had previously claimed to have been a “Vietnam-era” veteran, and all three outlets reported that he served in the war there.
The students, meanwhile, said that they started chanting school fight songs in response to taunts from a group of Black Hebrew Israelites — a religious group that believes African-Americans are descendants of the ancient Israelites, some of whom hold extreme anti-Semitic and Black supremacist views. Phillips faced down Sandmann while singing and playing a drum, Sandmann said, and made no effort to get around him.
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But the kid was defamed and ridiculed so I guess that was okay.
You’ve got to be chitin me.
Back to the swamp..
You can’t fight big media; the fix is in.
Another reason for a an America Revolution 2.0.
William Odis “Odious” Bertelsman, a biased partisan Peanut Boy “judge”.
Our courts are so corrupt.
Geez, Carter? Is this guy 115 by now?
I believe this is the lawsuit by Barnes. Really, it was Sandmann whose face and name was all over the place. Can anyone even name one other person besides Nick?
Interesting considering Sandmann has already sued successfully for millions in other suits. Which tells me the judge is prolly one of emitt sullivan’s homeys.
This senile old git turns 85 in January.
Probably wears a diaper on the bench...
It’s all about who has the power.
I would think 75 million Americans would be powerful
Those cases were settled, which is not the same as successful suits since they were not fully litigated. That said, the judges in those cases allowed the suits to go far enough that the defendants felt pressure to settle.
“Another reason for a an America Revolution 2.0.”
Agreed, but we really do not need another reason.
Thanks for the correction. Looks like the “judge” shortcircuted it, much like the courts did to the POTUS vote fraud claims.
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