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Virginia Citizens Defense League to Appeal $12 million Suit Against Katie Couric

The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) is reporting that will appeal a district court’s decision to dismiss their $12 million defamation suit against Katie Couric.

“The VCDL Board of Directors, after careful consideration, has decided that the recent ruling dismissing the VCDL case against Katie Couric, et al, CANNOT STAND!” Philip Van Cleave, VCDL president, stated in a message to the group’s members.

“The lawsuit has far reaching implications for all Americans. If the media can be allowed to change a person’s words to suit the media’s own needs or beliefs, then a grievous blow will have been struck against the very core of the freedom that the United States stands for!

“NO! We are going to fight this because too much is at stake.”


Judge John Gibney Jr. dismissed their case against Couric by arguing, in part, that the deceptive editing of their interview with the gun group was not actually misleading since the judge did not like the answers that were removed.

How the judge could consider the editing to not be misleading is perplexing and repealing the decision will expose, what I believe, to be activism.

The appeal will be filed with the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the case will be heard by a three-judge panel in the coming months.

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