Glenn Beck's Attorneys Move To Dismiss Defamation Case By Man Falsely Accused Of Boston Marathon Bombing
August 13, 2014 at 4:14 AM (PT)
GLENN BECK has asked a BOSTON judge to dismiss the libel case brought against him by a Saudi Arabian student falsely accused in early reports of participation in the BOSTON MARATHON bombings.
REUTERS reports that BECK's attorneys filed with U.S. District Court Judge PATTI SARIS for a dismissal MONDAY, arguing that ABDULRAHMAN ALHARBI had become a "limited purpose public figure" by giving interviews after being cleared by officials in the incident, and thus subject to the requirement of showing actual malice in libel and slander cases. SARIS responded that while she would consider the request, "I'd be surprised if I resolved this in a motion to dismiss."
In the disputed comments, BECK called the student a "bad, bad" person who financed the attack. ALHARBI sued BECK, THE BLAZE INC., MERCURY RADIO ARTS and PREMIERE NETWORKS in federal court for defamation and slander (NET NEWS 3/31).