Judge Delivers Huge Victory To Conservative Reporter

Project Veritas is now on a legal streak. After convincing a judge to stop the publication by the NY Times of some internal memos about the organization’s legal strategy — a rare “prior restraint” case has won in court — this same judge ordered the NY Times to return the memos.

The case involves the Project Veritas group suing the Times for defamation back in 2020 over their article discussing Project Veritas’ publication of a diary that belonged to the president’s daughter Ashley. In this article, the NY Times quoted from memos created by the group’s legal team. Project Veritas said that publishing these memos broke its right to attorney-client privilege.

Naturally, the NY Times is freaking out for the restraint decision and the legal order to return the memo documents. “Justice Wood is now deciding what The Times can and cannot publish. That is not how the First Amendment works,” opined a Times editorial.

But as the judge as said, this is a very narrow exception and was done for the fairness of the plaintiff.

Reuters:

“Wood said in his ruling that the Project Veritas legal documents were not for public worry and that the group had the freedom to keep them to themselves and that outweighs worries about freedom of the media.”

“Steadfast vigilance in protecting the First Amendment freedoms must not be allowed to abrogate the fundamental safeguards of attorney-client privilege or the freedom to privacy,” Wood said.”

The NY Times‘ self-serving editorial on the ruling:

“Journalism, just as democracy, thrives inside an environment of freedom. No court should tell The NY Times or any other news group how to conduct its reporting. Otherwise, this would give an incentive for anybody to file frivolous lawsuits as a way to control news coverage about them. More to the issue, it would harm the values of the First Amendment and disrupt the functioning of the free press on which a self-governing government depends.”

In other words, they really don’t like losing. If this were any other time, they would laugh at the notion of free speech and the constitution.

Author: Blake Ambrose