On December 27, 2017, US District Judge Linda V. Parker of the Eastern District of Michigan Southern Division ordered to deny AFT Michigan’s motion for preliminary injunction and vacated the prior Temporary Restraining Order against Project Veritas.
Judge Parker stated that her decision was based on a potential breach of First Amendment rights. Project Veritas’ Attorney Paul Mersino first shared the Judge’s Opinion:
“Therefore, in light of the potential First Amendment issues, a preliminary injunction most certainly will infringe upon Defendants’ First Amendment right.”
First Amendment attorney for Project Veritas Ben Barr also commented on the document:
“The First Amendment was designed to protect the very sort of work that Project Veritas does on a daily basis. Today’s win confirms that federal courts still take this guarantee seriously. We look forward to continued victories in courts nationwide as we demonstrate that exposing fraud, corruption, and abuse is at the core of our national commitment to free speech.”
“The Michigan AFT made a baseless attempt to bar our constitutional rights and silence our message, but the First Amendment prevailed,” said Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe. “To anyone who thinks they can make frivolous claims against us, know this – we will fight tooth and nail, and we will win.”
See the Judge’s Opinion here.