You’ll remember the defamation suit filed by a Saudi student against Glenn Beck after Beck flat out lied about him, claiming that he was the “money man” behind the Boston Marathon bombings. You’ll also remember that Beck tried to get that suit dismissed, arguing that the man was a public figure…because Beck made him one by lying about him. A judge rejected that motion and the case will go to trial:
A federal judge has rejected a bid by conservative commentator Glenn Beck to toss out a libel lawsuit filed by a Saudi student Beck repeatedly accused of funding the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
In a ruling Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris said the suit brought by Abdulrahman Alharbi could go forward notwithstanding claims by Beck, his website The Blaze.com, and firms connected to his radio show that the Saudi’s role in events near the finish line of the marathon made him a public figure. If deemed a public figure, Alharbi would have found it difficult or impossible to proceed with the suit since he would need proof of actual malice: namely, that Beck intentionally lied or recklessly disregarded the truth.
Alharbi was briefly investigated in connection with the bombing and a variety of media outlets reported on that inquiry. But Saris said that was not sufficient to render the student, who also incurred minor injuries at the finish line, a public figure.“Choosing to attend a sporting event as one of thousands of spectators is not the kind of conduct that a reasonable person would expect to result in publicity. Quite to the contrary, a spectator at an event like the Boston Marathon would reasonably expect to disappear into the throngs of others, never attracting notice by the press. Because he did not ‘assume the risk of publicity,’ Alharbi does not meet the definition of an involuntary public figure,” the judge wrote…
“Even if a private person meets the definition of an involuntary public figure as a matter of bad luck during a public controversy, the status is of limited duration. As such, Alharbi lost that status when his name was cleared,” the judge wrote in an opinion posted here.
Man, I hope he wins and I hope he leaves Beck completely bankrupt. What he did in this case is already morally bankrupt. He claimed to have proof that Alharbi was behind the bombings and said he was giving the government three days to admit it or he would prove it. Of course, he had nothing at all showing that the man had anything to do with it. The FBI had investigated the matter and found that the guy was just an innocent bystander, a victim who was injured in the bombings himself. Beck lied and he lied for days on end. I hope it costs him every fucking dime he’s earned in his career as a professional liar.