- A New York state judge ruled on Friday that The New York Times should return documents it obtained about the conservative group Project Veritas.
- The court ruled that the documents, written by a lawyer for the group, are privileged.
- The New York Times said it would appeal the decision, with publisher A.G. Sulzberger saying it should “raise alarms” for press freedom.
- “Justice Wood has taken it upon himself to decide what The Times can and cannot report on. That’s not how the First Amendment is supposed to work,” the paper’s editorial board wrote.
The New York Times must return memos it obtained that were written by an attorney for the conservative activist group Project Veritas, a judge in New York ruled Friday.
The ruling by New York state court judge Charles Wood affirms his temporary order last month in favor of the conservative activist group. The developments prevent The New York Times from reporting on memos written years ago by Project Veritas’ attorney Benjamin Barr, which the paper had published last month, along with a story about how the conservative group, notorious for sting operations often conducted under false names or with hidden cameras, obtains information.
The New York Times story in question, “Project Veritas and the Line Between Journalism and Political Spying,” had reported on Barr’s advice to Project Veritas members about, among other things, the group’s efforts to spy on government employees to gauge their sentiments toward then-President Donald Trump.
Wood, a Republican who has held office since 2010, rejected The New York Times’ argument that the memos involved issues of public concern. “It is not the public’s business to be privy to the legal advice that this plaintiff or any other client receives from its counsel,” he wrote in his ruling.
The ruling also orders The New York Times to give back the documents obtained by its journalists over the course of reporting on Project Veritas’ methods, a development The Times’ publisher, A.G. Sulzberger, said has “no apparent precedent,” and argued that it “could present obvious risks to exposing sources,” according to his statement Friday.
“This ruling should raise alarms not just for advocates of press freedoms but for anyone concerned about the dangers of government overreach into what the public can and cannot know,” Sulzberger said. “In defiance of law settled in the Pentagon Papers case, this judge has barred The Times from publishing information about a prominent and influential organization that was obtained legally in the ordinary course of reporting.”
“Justice Wood has taken it upon himself to decide what The Times can and cannot report on. That’s not how the First Amendment is supposed to work,” the paper’s editorial board wrote on Friday.
The newspaper is appealing the ruling, according to Sulzberger’s statement.
Wood’s order is the latest development in the ongoing defamation suit filed by Project Veritas in November 2020 over the New York Times’ coverage of a Project Veritas video that purported to demonstrate alleged voter fraud efforts in Minnesota. A series of NYT stories at the time had reported that the video was part of an orchestrated “disinformation campaign” by Project Veritas.
While the parties await a decision on how their dispute over those stories should proceed, Wood’s latest ruling addresses more recent reporting by the New York Times on Project Veritas’ methods of obtaining information. The Times’ report last month followed an FBI raid of Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe’s home in New York, apparently as part of an investigation into a diary missing from Ashley Biden, the daughter of President Joe Biden.
“Today’s ruling affirms that the New York Times’ behavior was irregular and outside the boundaries of law,” Elizabeth Locke, an attorney for Project Veritas, said in a statement. “The Court’s thoughtful and well researched opinion is a victory for the First Amendment for all journalists and affirms the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship.”
O’Keefe said in his own statement Friday, “the Times is so blinded by its hatred of Project Veritas that everything it does results in a self-inflicted wound.”
The New York Times’ attorneys have argued in the case that the memos written by Barr were fair game and had public interest value.
“A news organization is not prevented from reporting on newsworthy information (even attorney-client privileged information) that is independently obtained outside of the discovery process,” attorneys for The New York Times argued in a November filing in the case.
Greetings! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the
same niche. Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done
a outstanding job!
excellent submit, very informative. I wonder why
the opposite experts of this sector don’t understand this.
You must continue your writing. I am confident,
you have a huge readers’ base already!
Here is my web page: 토토사이트
This is my first time go to see at here and i am in fact happy to read all at one place.
my web-site – 토토커뮤니티
My coder is trying to convince me to move to .net
from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses.
But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using
Movable-type on numerous websites for about a year and am anxious about switching to another platform.
I have heard fantastic things about blogengine.net. Is there a way I can import all my wordpress posts into it?
Any help would be greatly appreciated! Earn CAKE through yield farming or win it in the Lottery
Win millions in prizes
I am really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the
layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself?
Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a nice blog like this one these days.
Feel free to visit my blog 비트코인선물거래
I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Exceptionally well written!
Also visit my website – 먹튀검증
Thanks for sharing your thoughts about 메이저사이트.
Outstanding quest there. What happened after? Good luck!
Look at my web page: 먹튀검증
What’s Going down i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve discovered It absolutely helpful and it has helped me out loads.
I hope to give a contribution & assist different customers like
its aided me. Good job.
When someone writes an piece of writing he/she maintains the image of a user in his/her brain that how a user can know it.
Therefore that’s why this post is outstdanding. Thanks!
my web blog: 링게임
This is a great tip especially to those new to the blogosphere.
Short but very accurate info… Appreciate your sharing this one.
A must read post!
Stop by my webpage – 메이저사이트
Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the
images on this blog loading? I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.
Any responses would be greatly appreciated.
I’ve been exploring for a bit for any high quality articles or blog posts on this sort of area .
Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this website.
Studying this info So i’m happy to express that I’ve a very excellent uncanny
feeling I found out exactly what I needed. I so much without a doubt will make
certain to don?t overlook this web site and provides it a look regularly.
Hey there! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone!
Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts!
Carry on the great work!
My brother suggested I may like this blog. He was once totally right.
This submit truly made my day. You can not consider just how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks! https://realgirls.fun/mitzistoneha