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In a 36-page ruling, U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman noted that the Post never mentioned Sandmann by name in its initial coverage of the incident, referring only to groups of "hat wearing teens." Bertelsman added that "the words used contain no reflection upon any particular individual" and thus could not be constituted as defamation. The judge also ruled that the newspaper used language that was "loose, figurative," and "rhetorical hyperbole" which is protected by the First Amendment.
Judge Bertelsman said in the ruling that he accepted Sandmann's contention that "when he was standing motionless in the confrontation with Phillips, his intent was to calm the situation..."
But he noted that Phillips asserted that he was being blocked from passing, and Phillips' opinion was reported by the newspaper.
He was appointed by Jimmy Carter
originally posted by: Quadrivium
a reply to: Gothmog
Damn you old!
And you suck for voting for Carter!
Just kidding bud, we all make mistakes.
originally posted by: VictorVonDoom
Gotta love the Post's defense:
"We didn't lie. We just found someone telling the lies we wanted to tell and published their lies."
And they expect us to believe them on important issues.