The renowned legal expert Alan Dershowitz scored a huge procedural victory in court this week, as a judge ruled to allow his $300 million lawsuit against CNN to proceed to depositions.
Lawyers representing CNN had filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit back in November, but a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida shot them down this week and ruled that Dershowitz could proceed. Dershowitz claimed in his lawsuit that CNN unfairly edited comments that he made about whether former President Donald Trump could have been impeached if he committed an illegal act that he believed was in the best interests of the public.
In his suit, Dershowitz alleged that CNN played the clip repeatedly in order to make it appear as if he “had lost his mind.”
“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 reelection is in the public interest, that he could do anything at all – including illegal acts – and be immune from impeachment,” he 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.”
CNN’s lawyers have tried to argue that the lawsuit should be dismissed based on the fair reporting privilege of the press, but the judge was not having it.
Dershowitz said in an interview this week that the fair reporting privilege didn’t extend to CNN’s actions because the network unfairly misrepresented what he said.
“They took out the words ‘lawful and illegal’ in order, deliberately, to convey the impression that I thought the president could engage in illegal and unlawful conduct and still not be impeached, exactly the opposite of what I said,” said Dershowitz, who later added that he was looking forward to “deposing the commentators and heads of CNN and of the truth coming out.”
Check out his full interview on this below.
This piece was written by James Samson on May 29, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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