Fox News Host's Decisive Supreme Court Victory
Law&Crime's Colin Kalmbacher has more:
McKesson sued Pirro in December 2017 for several on-air statements she made during an episode of Fox & Friends which more or less accused Mckesson of inciting violence during a protest in Minnesota that resulted in a police officer being struck in the face by a rock.
The officer in question sued Mckesson and Black Lives Matter, but his lawsuit eventually got tossed for various reasons–including a finding that Mckesson did not incite violence but was simply using his First Amendment right to engage in protected speech. Pirro and her co-hosts were complaining about the disposition when she said:
And in this particular case, DeRay Mckesson, the organizer, actually was directing people, was directing the violence…but guess what, the judge said, you know what he was engaging in [is] protected free speech…You’ve got a police officer who was injured, he was injured at the direction of DeRay Mckesson. DeRay Mckesson walks away with a hundred thousand dollars, for an organization that is amorphous, we got a problem in this country.
Though pundits speculated that the legal proceedings seemed to go in McKesson's favor, Judge Robert Kalish systematically dismantled every one of the activist's defamation claims against Pirro in a 22-page dismissal.
The Fox News host, whose TV program has been in doubt since she was condemned by the network for her remarks about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), had argued that her statements were privileged–and therefore not defamatory–because she was simply reciting language that was contained in the allegedly injured police officer’s original lawsuit against Mckesson. And the court agreed with Pirro here.
You can read Judge Kalish's dismissal in its entirety here:
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