In a decision with potentially large ramifications, New York Federal Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall won't dismiss a libel suit against "Shitty Media Men" creator Moira Donegan.
Explaining, the judge says it is possible that Donegan created the entry herself. The judge believes that Elliott should be able to explore whether the entry was fabricated. Accordingly, discovery proceeds, which will now put pressure on Google to respond to broad subpoena demands. The next motion stage could feature a high-stakes one about the reaches of CDA 230.
This is… Oklahoma!
“I think you’ve got to remember where you are. This is Oklahoma, the middle of the heartland. I think we need to be tolerant of people who think different than us, but this is Oklahoma and that’s not going to fly here.” – Don Armes, Oklahoma State Representative, District 49.
Is the imprimatur of governmental endorsement of Decalogue monuments, misspellings and all, really so important to (some) Christians as to risk something like this? Isn’t their faith strong enough to survive without the government propping it up? And aren’t there already plenty of churches and homes of devout Christians and other kinds of private property where these sorts of things could be displayed without raising Constitutional issues?
Anyway, stay tuned.
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