A #judge takes A. #Breitbart to task in explaining why a #defamation lawsuit won't be stopped in its tracks.
In a terse, six-page "statement of reasons," U.S. District Judge Richard Leon spelled out why he would not dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against Breitbart by Shirley Sherrod. Sherrod is the former Georgia-based Agriculture Department official who says Breitbart defamed her when he posted a selectively edited clip of her talking about racism.
Breitbart sought to get the case dismissed under D.C.'s anti-SLAPP law. Denied, he then demanded to know the reasons. At an appeals court direction, Judge Leon does so, with an occasional dig at Breitbart; adding, for instance, this:
"Regrettably, it appears that the defendants will not be satisfied with this court's ruling until a considerable amount of judicial and litigant resources are expended on its 'novel' if not overreaching motion."