Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sherrod Defamation Against Breitbart Lawsuit Reaches Court

U. S. District Court Judge Richard Leon is entertaining a motion to dismiss former U. S. Department of Agriculture Shirley Sherrod's defamation lawsuit against blogger Andrew Breitbart, or, in the alternative, argue Mr. Breitbart's attorneys, to transfer the case to a California district court. Ms. Sherrod filed the case after Mr. Breitbart allowed to be uploaded to his blog an edited version of a speech Ms. Sherrod made in 2010; the edited version, Ms. Sherrod contends, made her seem "discriminatory." Ultimately, she resigned her position at the Agriculture Department. When the full, unedited video was made public, Tom Vilsack, the Ag Secretary offered her another position, which she refused.

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