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February 16, 2012

Judge SLAPPS Breitbart

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."



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SLAPP? Breitbart deserves a 2x4 upside the head.


Great post, I enjoyed ready reading it, Keep posting good stuff like this.


This is very interesting


Sadly Breitbart passed away yesterday, but the suit will probably continue.

Actually, it appears this judge got slapped by the court of appeals and the judge appears to be making excuses in this decision of why he was too lazy to issue a decision.

The truth is that Breitbart only told the truth from Sherrod's own mouth. He did not defame Sherrod; Sherrod defamed Sherrod. Breitbart also did not fire Sherrod. They offered her job back, so it seems Sherrod is trying to do nothing and sue Breitbart's widow and children for money she did not earn.

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