Glenn Beck Invokes First Amendment In Boston Marathon Bombing Libel Case Defense
June 2, 2014 at 5:15 AM (PT)
GLENN BECK's defense in the libel case brought by a Saudi Arabian student falsely accused in early reports of participation in the BOSTON MARATHON bombings is that his comments were protected by the First Amendment.
The BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL reports that BECK, in moving to have ABDULRAHMAN ALHARBI's case dismissed, note the high standard for libel and allege that ALHARBI's case does not meet that standard because he would have to prove that BECK's comments, calling the student a "bad, bad" person who financed the attacks, were deliberate and that ALHARBI was a public figure subject to a stricter standard for libel.
ALHARBI sued BECK, THE BLAZE INC., MERCURY RADIO ARTS and PREMIERE NETWORKS in federal court for defamation and slander (NET NEWS 3/31).