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Nicholas Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School wins defamation lawsuits against CNN and the Washington Post.“Fight Back!” Covington Catholic Nick Sandmann Declares Washington Post Lawsuit Victory: What a great birthday present! Covington Catholic High School Student Nicholas Sandmann announced a lawsuit victory on Friday, July 24, 2020. It was also his 18th birthday.

 March for Life 

The Sandmann family filed a defamation lawsuit against the Washington Post after a video surfaced showing Sandmann at the January 2019 March for Life standing before drumming Native American Nathan Phillips. The media outlet painted Sandmann as an aggressor and racist.

Sandmann’s attorney Lin Wood said the family sued due to the "emotional distress Nicholas and his family suffered." The family said they were forced to move out of their home temporarily after the reports surfaced. The school also forbade Sandmann from coming to school immediately following the incident.

Victory Announcement

Sandmann’s victory announcement reads: "On February 19, 2019, I filed $250 million defamation lawsuit against [the] Washington Post. Today, I turned 18 [and Washington Post] settled my lawsuit. Thanks to [Todd McMurtry and Lin Wood] for their advocacy. Thanks to my family and millions of you who have stood your ground by supporting me. I still have more to do."

Sandmann followed up with an additional tweet, seemingly warning Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey. Sandmann’s full tweet reads, "We have settled with WAPO and CNN. The fight isn’t over: 2 down, 6 to go. Don’t hold your breath, [Jack Dorsey]."

Sandmann also retweeted lawyer Lin Wood's congratulatory announcement. Wood's tweet reads: "For our present to [Nick Sandmann] to celebrate his 18th birthday, [Todd McMurtry] and I gave Nicholas the gift of justice from... THE WASHINGTON POST / #FightBack." Here's the video from Lin Wood's law firm.

Defamation Masquerading as Reporting

The Washington Post commented on the lawsuit: "We are pleased that we have been able to reach a mutually agreeable resolution of the remaining claims in this lawsuit," a spokesperson told Fox News. The Sandmann family filed additional lawsuits against at least 13 other outlets, including  ABC, CBS, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, NPR, Slate, The Hill, and Gannett Additional. The family also sued NBC.

Catholic Deacon Keith Fournier tweeted: "Thank you, Nicholas! You are David with five smooth stones and heroic faith. You took on a Goliath, and with a lot of prayer, and great lawyers, you took down the Washington Post, exposing defamation masquerading as reporting. You give us hope!"

Saint Francis de Sales, patron of journalists, please pray for us!


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