Judge issues devastating decision in lawsuit by 'Black Lives Matter' leader against Fox News and Judge Jeanine
A judge shut down a defamation lawsuit from Black Lives Matter leader DeRay Mckesson against Judge Jeanine Pirro and Fox News on Monday.
The lawsuit was tossed out of court based on Pirro's First Amendment right to free speech.
Mckesson filed the lawsuit in 2017 and alleged that Pirro had defamed him during a commentary she offered on "Fox& Friends" where she said he was blameworthy for injuries to a police officer during a Black Lives Matter protest he organized in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
"In this particular case Deray Mckesson, the organizer actually was directing people, directing the violence," she said on the show in September 2017. "You've got a police officer who was injured, he was injured at the direction of DeRay Mckesson."
Mckesson responded from his twitter account and denied her account of what happened.
"I was found not guilty & I didn't direct any violence," he tweeted.
"In fact, I was protesting the violence of the police," he claimed. "Stop lying."
Judge Robert David Kalish ruled against Mckesson but had a less than satisfactory review of Pirro's commentary.
"Pirro's lack of temperament and caustic commentary is what she is known, celebrated, and frequently criticized for," he said in the judgement.
"Viewing the entire video sequence as a whole it is clear that Pirro is expressing her opinion that the plaintiff-officer should be allowed to pursue his civil complaint," Kalish concluded.