Covington Catholic Students Have Legal Options to Sue Media for Defamation


Attorney, Libby Locke, an expert in defamation law, says the Covington Catholic high school students can sue people in the media and on social media, but that the lawyer who offered to represent them at no charge, attorney Robert Burns, cannot bring a class action defamation suit as he claims, nor can he sue a member of Congress, Ilhan Omar. That’s because the law provides legal immunity for federal employees, including members of Congress, for making false statements. If the lawyers who represent the students fail in their lawsuits, the opposition will claim that their false assertions were correct. [Some observers are questioning if the lawyer who has offered to represent the students might actually be working to make sure the lawsuit fails. Let us hope that some skilled investigative journalists will check into this possibility before it is too late.] -GEG

Kentucky: Kenton County Prosecutor Rob Sanders says that some of the threats made against the Covington Catholic schoolboys and their families may qualify as ‘terroristic threatening’ that is a felony. He says, however, that his office cannot extradite people from other states for misdemeanor threats made over Twitter. -GEG