Alan Dershowitz Gets Huge Win Over CNN As Judge Rules Case Can Proceed: ‘CNN is probably quaking in their boots”
CNN suffered a big loss and Alan Dershowitz got a big win as Alan’s $300 million lawsuit against CNN will proceed. A judge dismissed CNN’s motion to end the suit ruling the coverage of Dershowitz’s first impeachment trial speech was “not based upon a fair and accurate summary of Dershowitz’s statement to the Senate.”
“CNN presented an abridgment of Dershowitz’ answer to Senator Cruz’s question,” U.S. District Court Raag Singhal wrote. “The abridgment is not accurate, to the extent that it omitted a crucial qualification: that an illegal motive for a quid pro quo would be corrupt.
“As a result, the commentators’ statements – that Dershowitz believes a President can do anything, even commit crimes if it would help his re-election – are not based upon a fair and accurate summary of Dershowitz’s statement to the Senate.”
“Whether the evidence adduced will ultimately satisfy Dershowitz’s burden of proving actual malice by clear and convincing evidence remains to be seen,” the judge wrote. “But he has alleged enough to go forward.”
“We’re thrilled we have got an opportunity to go forward to discovery,” Dershowitz said before adding the dagger:
“I am really looking forward to an opportunity to depose CNN. This will be the first time this has ever happened. And I think CNN is probably quaking in their boots.”
Alan added: “We have demanded that they not destroy any documents, any memos. We want to get the editors who told them to edit the tape; we want to get the commentators.
“Who instructed them to say that I believed that a president cannot be impeached for illegal conduct?
“It will create general law. And the general law will be that you can’t totally distort a recording to deliberately make the person say the opposite of what he said, and then have commentators come on and attack him for saying something he didn’t say.
“That’s exactly what they did and it was part of a plan. It was not just an accident and we have proof on that.”
Dershowitz was part of the legal team defending Trump during the trial that ended with the former president’s Feb. 5 acquittal.
Dershowitz, a retired Harvard University law professor, filed suit against CNN in September.
The lawsuit said CNN painted Dershowitz as an “intellectual who had lost his mind” by re-airing a clip of his comments during the impeachment trial that omitted a portion of his statement.
“Following the airing of that clip over and over again, the hosts, together with their panel guests, including CNN employees and paid commentators, exploded into a one-sided and false narrative that Professor Dershowitz believes and argued that as long as the President believes his re-election is in the public interest, that he could do anything at all – including illegal acts – and be immune from impeachment,” the lawsuit said.
“The very notion of that was preposterous and foolish on its face, and that was the point: to falsely paint Professor Dershowitz as a constitutional scholar and intellectual who had lost his mind.”
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