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Dershowitz: Student's Libel Case 'Reasonable' Against Wash Post

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By    |   Wednesday, 20 February 2019 10:32 PM EST

The high school student seeking $250 million from The Washington Post has a "reasonable case" for libel, attorney Alan Dershowitz said.

Dershowitz appeared on Hill.TV's "Rising" and commented on the lawsuit filed this week.

"I think they have a reasonable case, I mean the world was guilty of libel," Dershowitz said.

The legal action stems from the negative coverage the Covington Catholic High School student received after he appeared in a viral video last month in Washington, D.C. Many painted him out to be a racist who taunted a Native American at the Lincoln Memorial, but other videos dismantled that claim.

"These poor kids seemed to be doing exactly the right thing, and then suddenly because they are thought to be white, privileged kids, suddenly everyone's ganging up on them," Dershowitz said.

Dershowitz added the lawsuit is seeking so much money the dollar amount might not be a factor in the case.

"But I do think that they have a significant case, and it will be interesting to see how the Post defends against their reporting in the case," he said.

Nicholas Sandmann, 16, and his Covington classmates we waiting for their bus after the March For Life when a group of Black Israelites shouted vulgar insults at them. The students, many of whom were wearing "Make America Great Again" hats, responded by singing their school pride songs, at which point a Native American group marched up.

One of the Native Americans stood in front of Sandmann and beat his drum. Sandmann reacted by standing motionless.

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The high school student has a "reasonable case" for libel against The Washington Post, attorney Alan Dershowitz told The Hill.TV's "Rising."
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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 10:32 PM
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