Kirsters Baish| On Thursday, it was announced by famous libel attorney Lin Wood that he would be representing Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann, after his name made headlines following an incident that took place at this year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Last Friday, Nick Sandmann was in attendance at this year’s March for Life in Washington D.C. He was there with a group of students from his Catholic high school when he was “approached by Native American Elder Nathan Phillips as he stood with his classmates on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial,” according to the Daily Caller.
A viral video clip of the altercation showed Native American elder Nathan Phillips beating on his drum, mere inches from Sandmann’s face. All the while, the teen remained totally motionless with a smile on his face. Other students from Sandmann’s group danced and chanted along with the drum beat, however, the mainstream media wasted no time in painting them as mocking racists.
“Phillips confirmed the prevailing narrative in multiple interviews and blamed the boys. He suggested they owed him an apology and even that they might deserve to be expelled. Two hours of video obtained and published later showed that the students had been subjected to an hour of verbal harassment from another group prior to what was shown in the originally viral video and indicated that Phillips’ story had quite a few holes in it as well,” the Daily Caller reports.
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In a serious of tweets, actress Patricia Heaton explained that the damage had already been done, going on to say that the media outlets who propagated the fabricated story, painting the students as intolerant bigots, should see some kind of repercussion.
This is where Lin Wood comes in. Wood wrote on Twitter this past Thursday evening that he would be working alongside northern Kentucky attorney Todd McMurtry in “pursuing full legal accountability for the injustices inflicted upon [Nick Sandmann].”
He wrote, “Along with their attorney Todd McMurtry @FitLwyr, I met with Nick Sandmann & his family today in Cincinnati. I have agreed to assist Todd in pursuing full legal accountability for the injustices inflicted upon this fine young man. A statement on the case will be issued tomorrow.”
Along with their attorney Todd McMurtry @FitLwyr, I met with Nick Sandmann & his family today in Cincinnati. I have agreed to assist Todd in pursuing full legal accountability for the injustices inflicted upon this fine young man. A statement on the case will be issued tomorrow.
— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) January 25, 2019
“Todd McMurtry, the family’s legal counsel, conducted an extensive search to find a nationally-recognized attorney skilled in the fields of libel, defamation, and the First Amendment,” Hemmer DeFrank Wessels law firm said in a news released, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
In the past, Lin Wood handled libel and slander lawsuits against various media outlets.
The Daily Caller explains, “He represented JonBenét Ramsey’s brother in a $750 million defamation suit against CBS after a TV series suggested he killed JonBenet.”
“Mr. Wood brings an unrivaled record of success in the courtroom, having represented such clients as the family of JonBenet Ramsey, former Rep. Gary Condit and Richard Jewell in lawsuits against the media,” McMurtry stated, as reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Wood expects a statement on the case to be issued on Friday.