Court orders anti-LGBT preacher to pay Maddow’s legal bills
A lawsuit against Rachel Maddow has been ruled a SLAPP by a Washington D.C. judge, who ordered the SLAPP filer to pay Maddow’s attorney’s fees.
“A Washington, D.C. judge has ordered an anti-LGBT preacher to pay MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s attorney’s fees after he filed a $50 million lawsuit for allegedly defaming him.
Over the weekend, the blog Bradlee Dean Info first reported that Dean and his You Can Run International ministry had 30 days to pay $24,625.23.
Dean had sued Maddow last year after she aired a segment from his radio show where he said that Muslims were “more moral than even the American Christians” because they were “calling for the execution for homosexuals.”
The radio host claimed that Maddow’s report was an attempt to undermine the presidential ambition’s of his personal friend, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN).
Dean lawyer is Larry Klayman told CBS radio that the anti-LGBT’s preacher’s life was in danger because of the MSNBC report.
“His life has been threatened,” Klayman said. “His family has been threatened. And this is outrageous. Rachel Maddow’s career is over.”
Lawyers for Maddow, NBC and MSNBC filed a motion in in D.C. Superior Court to have the lawsuit dismissed on the grounds that it was being used to stifle free speech. The District of Columbia passed legislation in 2010 to curb the use of strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP) that are designed to intimidate or silence critics.”
Read the full article from The Raw Story here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/07/09/court-orders-anti-lgbt-preacher-to-pay-maddows-legal-bills/