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Nick Sandmann's lawyers are preparing mass of libel, defamation lawsuits. Here's who they're targeting.


It's a long list

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Just two weeks ago, Nick Sandmann's face was plastered across every corner of the internet after the mainstream media portrayed him as the face of a hateful group of entitled Catholic high school students who mocked a Native American man.

As it turned out, the media had jumped to conclusions, resulting in countless apologies, retractions, and even many who did not relent, still somehow managing to blame the teenagers for causing a scene at the Lincoln Monument on the same day as this year's March for Life.

Since then, Sandmann's lawyers have been working overtime to ensure he and his family receive justice for being widely defamed. On Friday, his team of lawyers sent letters to more than 50 individuals, media companies, journalists, Hollywood celebrities, and Catholic organizations "as the first step in possible libel and defamation lawsuits," according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

What are the details?

One of Sandmann's lawyers, Todd McMurtry, told the Enquirer a team of seven lawyers have been working full-time to conduct a full-review of what happened. They believe the media triggered an online mob that "permanently stained [Nick's] reputation."

"They know they crossed the line. Do they want 12 people in Kentucky to decide their fate? I don't think so," McMurtry said, adding that he believes some on their list will mount defense challenges.

According to the Enquirer:

The letters tell the organizations and individuals not to destroy any documents in connection with the case, the attorney said. For example, the documents could be drafts or early versions of articles or emails among staff discussing the story.

After a review, the lawyers "concluded we have a good faith basis to sue" certain organizations, McMurtry said. However, he said not all the organizations who were sent letters will necessarily be sued. He added that this process will not be over quickly.

McMurtry said his clients will also be demanding retractions and apologies in addition to possible litigation.

"We want to change the conversation. We don't want this to happen again. We want to teach people a lesson," McMurtry said. "There was a rush by the media to believe what it wanted to believe versus what actually happened."

Here is who the lawyers sent letters to:

  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post
  • CNN
  • NPR
  • The Atlantic Media
  • The Guardian
  • TMZ
  • Capitol Hill Publishing Corp.
  • HBO
  • The Hill
  • Conde Nast
  • CQ
  • Heavy.com
  • Bustle.com
  • Warner Media
  • Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
  • Kathy Griffen
  • Jim Carrey
  • Alyssa Milano
  • Bill Maher
  • CNN's Erin Burnett
  • CNN's Sara Sidner
  • CNN's Ana Cabrera
  • CNN's S.E. Cupp
  • CNN's Eliot C. McLaughlin
  • CNN's Amanda Watts
  • CNN's Emanuella Grinberg
  • WaPo's Michelle Boorstein
  • WaPo's Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
  • WaPo's Antonio Olivo
  • WaPo's Joe Heim
  • WaPo's Michael E. Miller
  • WaPo's Eli Rosenberg
  • WaPo's Isaac Stanley-Becker
  • WaPo's Kristine Phillips
  • NYT's Sarah Mervosh
  • NYT's Emily S. Rueb
  • NYT's Maggie Haberman
  • NYT's David Brooks
  • Shannon Doyne
  • Kurt Eichenwald
  • NBC's Andrea Mitchell
  • NBC's Savannah Guthrie
  • MSNBC's Joy Reid
  • NBC's Chuck Todd
  • The Guardian's Noah Berlatsky
  • NBC's Elisha Fieldstadt
  • The Associated Press' Eun Kyung Kim
  • Diocese of Covington
  • Diocese of Lexington
  • Archdiocese of Louisville
  • Diocese of Baltimore
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