ACLU files suit in Snyder, City Paper case
The never-ending saga of Dan Snyder's lawsuit against the City Paper, well, never ends. Now the American Civil Liberties Union is stepping in, filing an amicus curiae brief saying that the Redskins owner must prove speedily that the alt-weekly knowingly published defamatory information, reports WTOP.
"The D.C. Council just last year passed a new law making it easier to have frivolous lawsuits dismissed," said Arthur Spitzer, legal director of D.C.'s branch of the ACLU. "[I]f a public figure can show speech against him is false and the writer knew it was false, the suit can proceed. If not, the case has to be dismissed."
Snyder, whose lawyer recently jumped ship, is seeking $1 million in the case against reporter Dave McKenna, the City Paper, and its parent company, Creative Loafing. He alleges there were misstatements in McKenna's November story, "The Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder," and claims the cover illustration depicting him with horns and a goatee were anti-Semitic.
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