Friday, August 12, 2022

Court of Appeals rejects New York Times bid to resume Project Veritas coverage

A New York appeals court judge has rejected a New York Times request to lift an order temporarily blocking it from publishing or soliciting various documents related to conservative activist group Project Veritas.

Friday’s order from Justice Leonard Austin of the State Appellate Division in Brooklyn means the Times cannot access the documents, which Project Veritas said are protected by attorney-client privilege until a November 23 hearing on whether the injunction is to expand.

The Times was appealing Thursday’s order by Justice Charles Wood, a trial judge of the Westchester County Supreme Court, that the newspaper called an unconstitutional prior restraint, a view shared by some First Amendment advocates.

“Today’s decision to allow the injunction is extremely disappointing,” Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhodes Ha said in an email. “We look forward to clarifying our position in court.”

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Project Veritas did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Wood’s order was part of Project Veritas’ defamation suit against the Times, which describes a September 2020 article in a video released by the group alleging voter fraud in Minnesota.

This followed a November 11 Times article discussing Project Veritas’ journalistic practices and the US Justice Department investigating the group’s possible role in the alleged theft of a diary of President Joe Biden’s daughter Ashley.

That article discussed a memo from Project Veritas attorney Benjamin Barr. The group has said that those memos were privileged, and the Times wrote about them to harm and embarrass a litigation adversary.

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Wood’s order bars the Times from reporting on or attempting to obtain privileged content from Project Veritas until a November 23 hearing.

The judges will also consider whether the newspaper should remove references to Barr’s memo from the November 11 article.

The Times has said that Wood’s order contradicts the US Supreme Court’s 1971 decision that rejected the Nixon administration’s bid to block the publication of the Pentagon Papers, which described US military involvement in Vietnam. had gone.

The case Project Veritas v The New York Times Company et al, New York State Supreme Court, Westchester County, No. 63921/2020.

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