Sue Them All! Let Them Fall! By Ian Wilson LL.B
Suing people and organisations generally has a bad rap, I think undeserved in many ways, because often, suing is the only answer. For example, the vilification of the Covington student Nicholas Sandmann, was unrelenting, and he was savagely attacked even before full video evidence was looked at.
Thus, the bishop raced to condemn the students, allegedly based on pressure, rising on his high moral horse to say, “this behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person. The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion.” Yes, all that for simply smiling at a person who was loudly banging a drum in one’s face. But, then there was an apology: “The apology came after Sandmann’s family hired lawyer L. Lin Wood, who according to the Washington Post, “often [seeks] eye-popping damages for those he believes have been libeled or slandered in the press.” Maybe the good bishop will have something to worry about in the future, after he has been put through the wringer of court.
“In a major warning to purveyors of fake news, Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann and his family have hired a high-powered attorney who specializes in suing the media for libel and slander. The Sandmann family have hired RunSwitch PR, Kentucky’s largest public relations firm, to help them deal with media appearances, but the family has also now hired aggressive Georgia attorney, L. Lin Wood, WCPO-TV reported. The Sandmann family attorney, Todd McMurtry, noted that Wood is “committed to bringing justice to 16-year-old Nick Sandmann and his family.”
If successful, this may make the false news establishment more careful in their vilification tactics. Let ten thousand law suits bloom! It is long overdue.