Federal Judge William Bertelsman reopened the $250 million defamation case filed by Covington Catholic student Nicholas Sandmann against the Washington Post. The student had sued the WaPo for $250 million dollars but Bertelsman originally threw it out. After further review, decided the case did have merit having to do with WaPo’s statements that Sandmann had blocked Indian activist Nathan Phillips even though videos proved that was not the case. Sandmann also has a number of other suits against media outlets and several individual reporters and pundits. Sandmann was smeared badly over an incident he had nothing to do with and even after the narrative was debunked, they continued the smears.
Sixteen-year-old Covington Catholic student Nicholas Sandmann was smeared and maligned by the liberal press after he was harassed in Washington DC following the March for Life. The Washington Post accused the teen of blocking and impeding Nathan Phillips as the native American elder was harassing him. It was all a lie and the Washington Post was one of the leading liberal outlets attacking the young Catholic boys.
BREAKING: A federal judge in Kentucky has reopened the $250 million defamation case filed by Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann against the Washington Post after dismissing it in July, allowing the lawsuit to proceedhttps://t.co/hkLvNp5N3b
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 28, 2019
Let me thank @ewarren for removing our Covington case to federal court & giving us the chance to brief the issue. After briefing, the judge also reconsidered & reopened the Sandmann case against the Post. Despite many big corporate media law firms against us, justice is coming. https://t.co/1d7f1K4CK6
— Robert Barnes (@Barnes_Law) October 28, 2019
The Washington Times reported:
A federal judge in Kentucky has reopened the $250 million defamation case filed by a Covington Catholic student against the Washington Post after dismissing it in July, allowing the lawsuit to proceed but narrowing its focus.
U.S. District Court Judge William Bertelsman agreed to permit discovery on three of 33 allegedly libelous statements in the Post’s coverage of the Jan. 18 incident pertaining to teenager Nicholas Sandmann. The Post has insisted that its reporting was fair and accurate.
All three flagged statements from the newspaper’s coverage refer to Omaha Nation elder Nathan Phillips being blocked or impeded by Nicholas, a student at Covington Catholic High School, during their viral encounter at the Lincoln Memorial stairs.
“The Court will adhere to its previous rulings as they pertain to these statements except Statements 10, 11, and 33, to the extent that these three statements state that plaintiff ‘blocked’ Nathan Phillips and ‘would not allow him to retreat,’” said Judge Bertelsman in his Monday order.