Project Veritas stands 7-0 Against the Most Formidable Opponents
James O’Keefe: Our Journalism Targets Wage ‘Retaliatory Lawfare’
Judge to Plaintiff’s Attorney: ‘If you made that argument about Mike Wallace, people in the room would laugh’
Judge Issued Rare Directed Verdict: ‘If I've gotten this wrong, and the Fourth
Circuit says that this is not what the law is, I hesitate to think where the First Amendment is going in this country.’
Project Veritas Legal Victories Have Resulted in New Legal Precedent
[Mamaroneck, N.Y.—April 23, 2020] Project Veritas today debuted the “Legal Victories” page of the organization’s website providing visitors an in-depth report of our legal victories, and how those victories have bolstered the First Amendment and changed legal precedent.
“Project Veritas is forced to spends millions of dollars to defend against these frivolous lawsuits, but we do not settle, and we will always prevail,” O’Keefe said. “Visitors to this new webpage can now read for themselves the legal hurdles we have cleared and why our winning streak is not ending.”
In addition to a description of each of the seven cases, the webpage also includes summaries of ongoing litigation, such as lawsuits by Democracy Partners and the Michigan chapter of the American Federation of Teachers
“Our undercover and investigative journalism means that people and programs get hurt—and often the response is a lawsuit,” said O’Keefe. “Over time, the lawyers coming after us have learned not to try defamation; instead claiming privacy or trespass violations.”
“Our journalism targets wage ‘Retaliatory Lawfare’ against us, but they don’t challenge the private truths we reveal,” he said.
“What continues to make Project Veritas so unique is no matter the attack, which have been baseless lies, we are setting new legal precedent and winning any suit brought against us,” he said.
“Project Veritas remains passionate about informing the public of wrongdoing and allowing the public to make informed judgements on the issues without editorial bias while protecting constitutional rights or correcting wrongs made by state and national lawmakers,” O’Keefe said.
“One judge waited until all the testimony was finished, and before it went to the jury, he ordered a Directed Verdict from the bench dismissing the lawsuit against us,” he said.
“Judge Martin K. Reidinger told everyone in the courtroom: ‘If I've gotten this wrong, and the Fourth Circuit says that this is not what the law is, I hesitate to think where the First Amendment is going in this country,’” O’Keefe said.
“The judge said to the plaintiff’s attorney: ‘There are parts of your argument that if you made that argument about Mike Wallace, people in the room would laugh,’” he said. Wallace was the lead reporter on the “60 Minutes” CBS News program.
Project Veritas Action argued before the First Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm its victory at the District Court overturning the Massachusetts law banning the recording of public officials performing their duties in public and to expand that ruling to enable the recording of private citizens when there is no expectation of privacy. It was a measure of the importance of the case for First Amendment principles that retired Supreme Court Associate Justice, David Souter, requested that he be included among the three-judge panel.