Judge Orders Glenn Beck To Disclose Names Of Sources In Trial Over Boston Marathon Bombing Comments
August 10, 2016 at 4:06 PM (PT)
A judge has ordered GLENN BECK to identify two of his confidential sources cited for the comments that got the PREMIERE NETWORKS host and THEBLAZE founder sued for defamation and slander by a student who was falsely accused in early reports of involvement in the BOSTON MARATHON bombing.
POLITICO reports that U.S. District Court Judge PATTI SARIS ruled TUESDAY (8/9) that BECK has to disclose the names of the Homeland Security employees who allegedly offered evidence to producer JOE WEASEL of ABDULRAHMAN ALHARBI's financial backing of the attack a claim that was proven false. SARIS called testimony about the sources' information by BECK, WEASEL, and former THEBLAZE executive JOEL CHEATWOOD "vague and often contradictory" and noted that documents supplied to the court did not confirm the story BECK's people say they were told.
The judge previously ruled that ALHARBI was not a public figure at the time of BECK's accusations, meaning that the plaintiff needs not prove actual malice and can win by proving only negligence. But BECK did win on the issue of applying MASSACHUSETTS and not TEXAS law to the case, meaning punitive damages will not be awarded, and the judge dismissed a claim about another BECK comment that the judge determined applied to DZHOKHAR and TAMERLAN TSARNAEV, the bombers.