Skip to comments.Palin attorney threatens to sue over new book (Don't threaten, DO IT!)
Posted on 09/27/2011 4:35:47 AM PDT by tobyhill
An attorney for Sarah Palin is threatening to sue over a new book that he says defamed the Palins and contains "a series of lies and rumors."
John Tiemessen, in a letter to the publisher of Crown Publishing Group Monday, cites an email that author Joe McGinniss allegedly sent a blogger in January seeking substantiation for several rumors that have surrounded Palin's family. That email was posted online last week by Andrew Breitbart.
Tiemessen says McGinniss' book, "The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin," contains "most of" the stories that merely "amounted to the wishful fantasies of disturbed individuals."
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She can only sue as long as she stays out of the presidential race. Once in, she is a public figure again.
Todd could sue, in all likelihood.
She's a public figure now. So while the barrier to successfully suing is incredibly high, she is within her rights to do so.
I’d say “be careful.” Oscar Wilde sued the Marquis of Queensbury for calling him a sodomite. The suit went to trial, and guess what? It turned out that old Oscar was, indeed, a sodomite.
That may be true. Just because Palin is a public figure I don't think that automatically means that her spouse and children are. Except for Bristol.
Don’t do it, Sarah. I know this type of guy. He can’t wait for you to sue. He’s an attention freak.
Better yet, keep an eye on the New York Times bestseller - so far it hasn’t shown up. I predict it’s gonna be a dog - except for the few creeps in West Hollywood and Boystown who buy it.
Maybe it’s good that they are only threatening to sue at this point. It could scare a couple of these “sources” (like the basketball player) to come forward and admit there’s nothing to the allegations made in the book. By doing so, their hope will be that they will not be named in any lawsuit. Once one person comes forward, the entire house of cards will collaspe.
Gov Palin has let many things slide in the past but through her lawyers she is calling out McGinnis and RH on this one. It will serve as a great example for those who may be tempted in the future to play the same kind of games with her or her family.
The basketball player story is probably true, but that’s no more damaging to her than anybody, who is single, having a one-nighter with somebody.
One of the most amazing trials in the history of the law. Oscar was very foolish to bring suit but talk about hubris! I’ll say one thing for this great genuis: he learned humility after this terrible episode. And, now that I think of it, McGuinness is as crazy as that little meeskit (sic!) the Marquis of Queensbury!
I don’t think Sarah should sue either. Not because I believe any of the charges in the book but because it gives an extra platform for this pyscho.
She’s a public figure right now according to the legal definition of “public figure”:
n. in the law of defamation (libel and slander), a personage of great public interest or familiarity like a government official, politician, celebrity, business leader, movie star or sports hero. Incorrect harmful statements published about a public figure cannot be the basis of a lawsuit for defamation unless there is proof that the writer or publisher intentionally defamed the person with malice (hate).
Obviously case law (the biggie is Sullivan) expands on the definition but it can probably be said that McGinniss hates Palin :-) And if he knew ALL the allegations in the book to be untrue she may prevail, but it appears that the Glen Rice allegations were true and that alone will diminish her chances of prevailing on the suit. Truth is an absolute defense.
But I agree that she can’t run for the Presidency while embroiled in a nasty defamation law suit. No one in their right mind would do so.
Known is conversation traffic from the publisher and author that admits it intentionally went to print without collaboration intent on harm.
Breitbart claims to have even more email correspondence that goes further to that intent.
Defamation of character to the highest degree.
A bone-headed move.
If they do sue then they had better be able to definitively disprove or discount each and every allegation in the book.
If they can't then all they will accomplish is to shine a huge spotlight on all the salacious allegations, whether they can be proven or not.
What are they going to do? Subpoena a statement from the NBA guy? Because if they don't then the author will....and the general public will not be interested at all in what the palins can prove, just in what they can't.
Actually the email that McGinniss wrote states that none of it is true.
The only bonehead here is you....u PDS troll.
On www.bossip.com, in an interview, Rice, the basketball player affirmed that it did happen. He didn’t have a bad word to say about her.