Alan Dershowitz, a renowned legal expert, won a major procedural victory in court this week when a judge allowed his $300 million lawsuit against CNN to move to depositions.
CNN’s lawyers submitted a petition to dismiss the complaint in November, but a judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida denied them this week, allowing Dershowitz to advance. In his lawsuit, Dershowitz claimed that CNN unfairly altered his comments about whether former President Donald Trump could have been impeached if he had performed an illegal act that he believed was in the public’s best interests.
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CNN, according to Dershowitz’s lawsuit, repeatedly broadcast the film to make it appear as if he “had lost his mind.”
“Following the repeated airing of that clip, the hosts, along with their panel guests, which included CNN employees and paid commentators, exploded into a one-sided and false narrative that Professor Dershowitz believes and argues that as long as the President believes his reelection is in the public interest, he can do anything – including illegal acts – and be immune from prosecution. “On its face, that was absurd and idiotic, and that was the point: to wrongly portray Professor Dershowitz as a constitutional scholar.
CNN’s lawyers tried to convince the judge that the lawsuit should be dismissed because of the press’s fair reporting privilege, but the judge refused.
In an interview this week, Dershowitz stated that the fair reporting privilege did not apply to CNN’s activities because the network misrepresented what he said unfairly.
“They deliberately left out the words ‘lawful and illegal’ in order to give the impression that I thought the president could engage in illegal and unlawful conduct and still not be impeached, which is exactly the opposite of what I said,” said Dershowitz, who later added that he was looking forward to “deposing CNN commentators and heads and the truth coming out.”
Check out the rest of his interview in the video below.