BREAKING: Federal Judge Reopens Covington Teen’s $250 Million Lawsuit Against Wapo

It’s been a tough week for the Washington Post.

The high profile publication received massive backlash for calling slain ISIS leader al-Baghdadi an “austere religious scholar” in their obituary headline they have now changed for the 3rd time.

Kristiane Coratti Kelly, Vice President of Communications for Wapo responded to the backlash by issuing this statement:

Regarding our al-Baghdadi obituary, the headline should never have read that way and we changed it quickly.

Now, it’s been reported that a $250 million lawsuit against the Washington Post by Covington Catholic teen Nicholas Sandmann has been reopened.

Washington Times reports a federal judge in Kentucky has reopened the $250 million defamation case filed by a Covington Catholic student against the Washington Post after dismissing it in July, allowing the lawsuit to proceed but narrowing its focus.

U.S. District Court Judge William Bertelsman agreed to permit discovery on three of 33 allegedly libelous statements in the Post’s coverage of the Jan. 18 incident pertaining to teenager Nicholas Sandmann. The Post has insisted that its reporting was fair and accurate.

All three flagged statements from the newspaper’s coverage refer to Omaha Nation elder Nathan Phillips being blocked or impeded by Nicholas, a student at Covington Catholic High School, during their viral encounter at the Lincoln Memorial stairs.

“The Court will adhere to its previous rulings as they pertain to these statements except Statements 10, 11, and 33, to the extent that these three statements state that plaintiff ‘blocked’ Nathan Phillips and ‘would not allow him to retreat,’” said Judge Bertelsman in his Monday order.

“Suffice to say that the Court has given this matter careful review and concludes that ‘justice requires’ that discovery be had regarding these statements and their context. The Court will then consider them anew on summary judgment,” he said.

“The Sandmann family and our legal team are grateful that Judge Bertelsman has allowed the case to proceed,” said Mr. McMurtry in an email. “The Court’s ruling preserves the heart of the Nicholas Sandmann’s claims. We can consider this a huge victory and look forward to initiating discovery against the Washington Post.”

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