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Nicholas Sandman's Family Sued The Washington Post says she targeted the student at Covington Catholic High School and defamed him for political reasons when she met a January meeting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial between Sandman reported and Native American activist Nathan Phillips.
Ted and Julie Sandmann filed their lawsuit on behalf of their son demanding $ 250 million in compensation – the same amount that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos purchased for the Post In this amount, the lawsuit seeks to recover $ 50 million in compensation for the alleged damage, while the remaining $ 200 million in punitive damages seeks to punish the newspaper company.
In their complaint, the Sandmanns are calling on a federal district court in Kentucky to help them "teach the Post a lesson it will never forget."
In response to the news from the lawsuit, spokeswoman for the newspaper Kristin e Coratti Kelly said in a statement to NPR, "We're reviewing a copy of the lawsuit and planning a vigorous defense."
The Jan An incident was the subject of a viral video and numerous media reports after the complaint alleged that a brief video of the encounter first showed Sandman and other students from Covington – many wore red "Make America Great Again" hats – as if blocking Phillips' path and mocking him as he struck a drum. There were longer shots of the encounter that provided a more complete picture of the event's evolution, including scenes in which students were mocked by a third group of protesters – and those who seemed to show that Phillips Sandman had come closer, not that Opposite.
The following days saw a national debate over who was wrong during the meeting at the Lincoln Memorial, where at least three groups of protesters – the March for Life, the march of indigenous peoples and the black Hebrew Israelites – came together End of the day.
Soon, critics from across the political spectrum accused many of the media of distorting the incident or of drawing conclusions from incomplete information. (NPR's public publisher published a column on NPR's coverage of the incident.)
Sandman's school, Covington Catholic in Kentucky, initially condemned the students' actions and apologized her name. In a joint statement by the Diocese of Covington, she said that she was investigating a behavior she believed was in conflict with "the Church's teachings on human dignity and respect."
But last week the diocese announced that it was a private detective agency. That it had been set aside for investigating the incident had concluded that the students from Covington had initiated neither a dispute with Phillips nor "insulting or racist remarks ".
The diocese's investigation, conducted by Greater Cincinnati Investigation.
The lawsuit accuses Post of publishing Seven stories with a "false and defamatory core" of encounter. She also claims that the Post "contributed to the rampant cyber-attack and cyber-bullying" that was directed at Sandman after the story had attracted national attention.
The 38-page trial seeks a lawsuit to investigate the case, including whether the newspaper was motivated by a desire to pursue a "biased agenda" against President Trump and to accuse the people supporting him.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Kentucky. On Wednesday morning, Trump sided with the Sandmanns and against the Post, quoted from the complaint and said in a tweet: "Come on, get Nick! Fake News!"
"The Washington Post ignored basic journalistic work standards because it wanted to advance its well-known and easily documented biased agenda against President Donald J. Trump." Student from Covington Sues WAPO. Get Them, Nick. Fake News!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2019
The complaint mentions the role of Post in the popularization of the term "McCarthyism" in the 1950s – and it becomes claims that the newspaper "engaged in a modern form of McCarthyism, competing with, among others, CNN and NBC to challenge the leadership of a mainstream and social media mob of bullying" that Sandman had attacked received death threats and Insults in the initial setback due to the incident.The lawsuit accuses Post of targeting Sandman, "because he is the white Catholic studen t was "who wore a MAGA cap on his field trip to Washington DC to attend the March for Life Rally.
While the incident occurred in Washington, DC, the lawsuit was filed in Kentucky, where Sandman and his family live. In this regard, the complaint states that in the home state of the teenager the damage is greatest and that the Post does business there (online and via subscriptions).
The Sandmanns team of lawyers is led by L. Lin Wood, who runs a law firm in Atlanta and list of former clients of Richard Jewell, who was falsely accused of being an Olympic bomber, to John and Patsy Ramsey, parents of the dead child JonBenét Ramsey, that's enough. The Kentucky law firm Hemmer DeFrank Wessels is also part of the lawsuit against the Post .