Attorney Steps Forward: Gives Covington Catholic Smear Merchants 48 Hours to Retract False Statements or Face Lawsuits for Libel or Slander

Elder Patriot – Finally, the culture wars have been joined.  Somewhere Andrew Breitbart is smiling. Score one for our side.

Attorney Robert Barnes made an appearance on ‘Fox & Friends’ this morning telling viewers that any ‘false statements’ made about the students must be retracted and corrected within 48 hours or those who unjustly targeted the Covington High School students will face lawsuits:

By now you’re aware that the media used a few seconds, cut from an hour-long video to blame the white, Catholic, young men for a confrontation that, had reporters bothered to watch the entire video would’ve negated their entire story.

They didn’t bother to.  The story was just too juicy to pass up.

This led to a feeding frenzy by ever-angry leftists that ranged from calls to punch them in the face, to asking colleges to reconsider their admissions, to threatening them and their parents.  Once freelance journalist wished death on the young men.

There were calls to doxx them by the Hollywood crowd as well.

It was a 24-hour lynch mob – hang ‘em and ask questions later.

Until subsequent video footage revealed that the students were accosted, pelted with verbal abuse, and intimidated/threatened by a group calling themselves the Black Hebrew Israelites before Phillips and other Native American activists approached them banging a drum and chanting in their faces.

The Black Hebrew Israelites are a Black supremacist group.  

The kids from Covington checked all the right boxes for the hate filled left.  They are white, Catholic and male.

Now Barnes has offered his assistance to the students, their families, and even alumni pro bono.  According to Barnes legal fees in libel cases can run as high as a million dollars to prosecute cases like this one and he wants to level the playing field for them

“A lot of these journalists that have been saying false statements about these kids … all you have to prove is that they were negligent in doing so, and by this standpoint, by this point in time, it is clear that anyone who continues to lie and lie about these kids has done so illegally and can be sued for it.”

“If you have said anything false about these kids, they are willing to extend you a 48-hour time period — a period of grace, consistent with their Christian faith — for you to, through confessions, get redemption and retract and correct and apologize.”

“Those damages can range from $50,000 to $300,000 to, in the Gawker case, millions and millions of dollars.  So all these people that have lied and libeled better be checking their bank accounts if they’re going to continue to lie and libel of these kids.”

Barnes specifically singled out the New York Times flamethrower, Maggie Haberman:

“Despite knowing from her own newspaper how false those original statements are, she has yet to retract, yet to correct, yet to apologize, and she’ll be one of the people sued if she doesn’t do it in the next 48 hours.”

Compounding the potential defendants problems are laws that specifically apply to minors.