Covington Boy's Lawyers Send Preservation Letters to Over 50 Media Entities
The attorneys representing Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann and his family have put over 50 media entities on notice that their false reporting has put them in serious legal jeopardy.
Sandmann family attorney Todd McMurtry and hired gun L. Lin Wood announced that they have sent preservation letters to media outlets, individual journalists, celebrities, and several Catholic dioceses as the first step in potential libel and defamation lawsuits.
Wood, nicknamed “attorney for the damned," reportedly specializes in "aggressive libel and slander suits against media organizations." He was hired by the Sandmanns to bring justice to their son, whose name was dragged through mud after a video clip showing a confrontation between Native American activist Nathan Phillips and the Covington Catholic boys went viral.
A nationwide media frenzy erupted and the boys were falsely accused of mocking Phillips, prompting hundreds of threats against the school and the school's students from across the country by phone, email, and social media.
A viral video clip showed 16-year-old Sandmann smiling as Phillips banged on a drum and chanted in his face, spurring widespread condemnation and death threats against the boy.
Wood released a new fourteen-minute video of the incident over the weekend, highlighting the starring role Phillips took in spreading the fraudulent narrative and the supporting roles the uncritical media took in smearing the innocent kids.
Not everyone who helped perpetuate the initial fake story has retracted their claims or apologized, and McMurtry and Wood are determined to hold them accountable.
The list includes 50-plus names of organizations or individuals: from presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren to actress Alyssa Milano; individual journalists including Maggie Haberman, Ana Cabrera and David Brooks; national media outlets like the The New York Times, CNN, GQ and TMZ; and the dioceses of Covington and Lexington as well as the archdioceses of Louisville and Baltimore.
As Wood's video shows, one example of the false reporting was the claim that young Sandmann got into the face of Phillips. McMurtry said that the false reports in the aftermath of the incident "permanently stained (Nick's) reputation."
The lawyers have "concluded we have a good faith basis to sue" certain organizations, Cincinnati.com reported.
"We want to change the conversation. We don't want this to happen again," McMurtry said. "We want to teach people a lesson." He added that the media shouldn't be reporting things as fact that aren't true.
"There was a rush by the media to believe what it wanted to believe versus what actually happened," McMurtry explained.