Pamela Geller ha vinto la causa contro i taglia lingua
Published on 22/09/11 at 16:05:10 GMT by Redazione
Pamela Geller, paladina della libertà e del countherjiadh, ha vinto la causa contro i taglia lingua The years-long battle is over, and Islamic supremacism has suffered a stunning and well-deserved defeat, and a good, stiff kick in the ass.
First, allow me to give a huge thank you to my lawyers, Robert Muise of the Thomas More Law Center and David Yerushalmi, for their tireless efforts and unwavering commitment to free speech in their defense of this egregious and harassing lawsuit against me. Despite the six-figure legal costs (which they absorbed and represented me pro bono), they were steadfast when I held firm that no settlement would be reached in this attempt to enforce the blasphemy laws under the sharia and restrict free speech and truth.
From the Law Offices of David Yerushalmi, P.C. Win Important Victory for the First Amendment & Conservative BloggerCAIR-linked lawyer dismisses $10 million defamation suit against AtlasShrugs.com blogger Pamela Geller
September 21, 2011 – New York, New York: Omar Tarazi, the Ohio lawyer who represented the parents of Rifqa Bary and who had filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against AtlasShrugs.com blogger Pamela Geller, has dismissed his lawsuit with prejudice. The dismissal came on the heels of a court document filed by David Yerushalmi of the Law Offices of David Yerushalmi, P.C., and Robert Muise of the Thomas More Law Center, asking the court to enter a judgment in favor of Pamela Geller. The voluntary dismissal with prejudice prevents Tarazi from refilling the law suit at some later date and was part of a settlement in which Ms. Geller paid no money and only agreed to remove five specific blog entries out of dozens criticizing Tarazi’s involvement and handling of the Rifqa Bary juvenile proceedings.
Ms. Geller also refused to agree to keep the terms of the settlement confidential. As she put it, “This law suit was filed as part of the Islamist lawfare against critics of sharia, jihad, and honor killings and I refused to capitulate. At the end of the day, Tarazi blinked and folded.”
Ms. Geller was unflinching in her assessment of the outcome of this suit: “This is a huge victory for the First Amendment, truth, and the anti-sharia movement in this country exposing an insidious cancer that brings progressives and Islamists together in common cause to attack anyone who criticizes Islamists with the threat of law suits, actual lawsuits, or worse, violence.”
Mr. Tarazi came under intense criticism by Ms. Geller during the Rifqa Bary litigation, which arose after the 17-year old Rifqa converted from Islam to Christianity and ran away from her Ohio home in the summer of 2009 to take refuge with Christian friends in Florida, alleging that her father threatened to murder her in an honor killing. The case garnered enormous media coverage both nationally and internationally and involved vituperative juvenile proceedings in both Florida and Ohio.
Ms. Geller blogged about the case extensively given her work at the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an organization Ms. Geller founded and directs, the mission of which in part is to protect young Muslim women from the violence of honor killings.
In the course of her blogging about the case, which also included a rally she organized in Ohio to advocate for Rifqa’s right not to return to her parent’s home, Ms. Geller reported on various stories published at My Pet Jawa and televised on Fox News critical of Mr. Tarazi’s legal representations in court. The central allegation against Tarazi was that he had perjured himself in court filings in the Ohio juvenile proceedings.
Mr. Tarazi filed his lawsuit in September 2010 against Ms. Geller and Rifqa’s Florida lawyer, John Stemberger, seeking $10 million in damages. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio based upon diversity of citizenship. Ultimately, Mr. Tarazi and Mr. Stemberger entered into a confidential settlement and Mr. Tarazi dismissed his complaint against Mr. Stemberger.
Soon after the lawsuit was filed, Ms. Geller’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss in November 2010, asserting that Ms. Geller’s comments were protected speech under Ohio Free Speech law and under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The court never got around to ruling on that motion.
In the meantime, the parties conducted discovery and in August 2011, Mr. Tarazi filed a motion for summary judgment arguing that he believed he had made out his case for liability and asked the court to grant judgment on liability and to set a trial just on the amount of damages.
On September 19, 2011, David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise filed an opposition to Tarazi’s motion and argued that not only had Tarazi failed to make out a case of defamation, but also that all of Ms. Geller’s published statements were true and not defamatory. The 400+ page opposition detailed to the court just how Tarazi had been less than candid with the juvenile court, resulting in “truth” as a defense. In the opposition papers, Ms. Geller also raised Free Speech defenses and asked the court to award her judgment and to dismiss the lawsuit against her in its entirety.
The very next day, Tarazi called Mr. Yerushalmi and asked to settle. Although Tarazi sought to keep the terms of the settlement confidential, Ms. Geller refused.
Mr. Yerushalmi explained the calculus during the settlement negotiations which culminated in a voluntary dismissal the very same day: “I explained to Mr. Tarazi: you can walk away now with no money and no secrecy agreement, or you can wait until the court dismisses your suit and renders a formal judgment that you were not truthful to the Franklin County Juvenile Court. Take your pick.” The settlement agreement and voluntary dismissal with prejudice were negotiated, drafted, and filed with the court before the close of business.
Although Ms. Geller agreed to take down five specific blog entries that directly mentioned and criticized Tarazi, dozens of critical blogs remain and there are no restrictions on Ms. Geller’s future blogging on the Rifqa Bary affair and Tarazi’s role.
One of the claims of defamation lodged by Tarazi was that Ms. Geller had linked him to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas front group, which the U.S.. Department of Justice had previously named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror financing trial in Texas, which culminated in guilty verdicts for all defendants.
During discovery, Ms. Geller’s lawyers uncovered that Tarazi in fact has personal and professional links to CAIR and argued to the court that Ms. Geller’s statements linking Tarazi to CAIR could not be defamatory because they were true.
Tarazi, an Ohio licensed lawyer, represented himself during the proceedings. Ms. Geller was represented by David Yerushalmi of the Law Offices of David Yerushalmi, P.C. (New York and Washington, D.C.) and by Robert J. Muise, senior trial counsel to the Thomas More Law Center (Ann Arbor, Michigan). Patrick Dunphy of Falke & Dunphy, LLC, in Dayton served as local counsel.
David Yerushalmi has been practicing law for more than 27 years. He is a litigator specializing in securities law, public policy relating to national security, and public interest law. Mr. Yerushalmi is licensed and practices in Washington D.C., New York, California, and Arizona and serves as General Counsel to the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., one of the nation’s leading national security think tanks founded by former Reagan administration official Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
Adriana Bolchini e la redazione di Lisistrata al completo, si complimentano con Pamela Geller per la sua forza, il suo coraggio e la sua determinazione nel combattere i taglialingue; la sua vittoria dimostra che esiste ancora spazio per continuare la lotta per la libertà, inoltre questa sentenza, appena sarà scritta e pubblicata sugli annali legislativi statunitensi diventerà un deterrente per tutte le associazioni islamiche che fino ad oggi in America hanno tentato di chiudere la bocca a tutti, spesso riuscendoci, con lo spauracchio delle cause per diffamazione dell’islam, in quanto chiedevano anche cifre astronomiche. Oggi sono dovute venire a patti.
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PAMELA GELLER:GO GO GO...
Written on 22/09/11 at 20:36:15 GMT by matamoros
THOSE MOOOOOSLUMS WILL NEVER WIN AGAINST PAMELA, THE AMERICAN GROUND ZERO HEROINE...
Una vittoria di Pirro
Written on 23/09/11 at 23:00:03 GMT by Italialibera
Fin quando a questa gentaglia è concesso inseriarsi e moltiplicarsi in Occidente e addirittura parlare all'ONU tutte queste "vittorie" sono da considerarsi di Pirro.
re: Una vittoria di Pirro
Written on 23/09/11 at 23:41:40 GMT by Admin
commenti costruttivi mai, vero? Sempre meglio denigrare qualsdiasi cosa, a noi qui piacerebbe sapere cosa fate voi per difendere l'occidente, quante minacce avete ricevuto e quante battaglie di difesa avete dovuto sopportare, ma forse è chiedere troppo.
re: re: Una vittoria di Pirro
Written on 24/09/11 at 11:09:09 GMT by Italialibera
Il problema di fondo è che si tratta sempre di atti di tipo difensivo, se non passiamo presto all'offensiva saremo spacciati perchè sommersi da islamici e altri indesiderati. Grazie di esistere e di informare, grazie anche a Wilders e agli altri movimenti, avanti così.
re: re: re: Una vittoria di Pirro
Written on 24/09/11 at 16:08:09 GMT by Admin
appunto, noi ci stiamodifendendo e attaccando nel rispetto delle nostre leggi quando abbiamo la possibilità di farlo, voi invece quali azioni offensive avete fatto per continuare a dire che le nostre sono insufficienti?
Presessa: sappiamo benissimo che con un kalshnikof in mano metteremmo gli islamici alla porta, ma noi non vogliamo rinunciare ai nostri principi, altrimenti di quali diritti parliamo?
Se voi siete più bravi di noi, il che è possibilissimo, dateci una indicazione, aprite la strada e noi vi seguiamo.
re: re: re: re: Una vittoria di Pirro
Written on 24/09/11 at 17:25:46 GMT by Italialibera
Il problema sta proprio nell'"aprire la strada". Si pensava che votando Forza Italia - AN - Lega qualcosa sarebbe cambiato. Invece sono stati buttati via 10 anni preziosissimi. Cosa costava ad esempio cambiare il diritto di cittadinanza in base allo ius sanguinis, combattere i finti matrimoni e le finte nascite, impedire il ricongiungimento familiare, respingere i barconi in alto mare? Quattro provvedimenti semplici a costo zero che avrebbero impedito a moltissimi indesiderati di votare, moltiplicarsi e invadere. Nel nostro piccolo dobbiamo continuare ad informarci e ad informare, oltre che favorire la nascita di un nuovo partito seriamente disposto ad estirpare il fenomeno. Non dobbiamo più votare per il PDL/Lega perchè questi, insieme ai sinistri, fungono da catalizzatori dell'invasione e islamizzazione. Anche le chiese cristiane sono colpevoli ... papa Voitila che bacia il libro dell'odio in vaticano e visita un reattore a Damasco, papa Ratzinger che visita un reattore a Costantinopoli, "Comunità di S.Egidio", "raduni di Assisi" ecc. ecc. ecc. ... pessimi esempi!
re: re: re: re: re: Una vittoria di Pirro
Written on 25/09/11 at 02:34:37 GMT by matamoros
La chiesa cattolica sta dando da mangiare al coccodrillo musulmano,sperando che a loro li mangera' dopo tutti gli altri.
Sarebbe meglio che il Vaticano preparerebbe la 1ma crociata contro i musulmani nel ventunesimo secolo.
Carlo Martello, dove sei?
re: re: re: re: re: re: Una vittoria di Pirro
Written on 25/09/11 at 11:57:44 GMT by Italialibera
Le chiese cristiane affrontano il fenomeno secondo il motto "ama il prossimo come te stesso", una follia pura! Stiamo assistendo in prima persona a come decade una civiltà: benessere economico, arroganza "intellettuale", politici incapaci, bassa natalità. Scordiamoci un Carlo Martello, in quel caso ci fu reazione militare perchè gli invasori arrivarono armati; nel nostro caso arrivano disarmati, ci conquistano demograficamente e sono pure aiutati dai potenti: USA, UE, ONU, paesi islamici produttori di petrolio, chiese cristiane, ecc. ecc. Nonostante ciò penso che questa situazione disperata sia ancora reversibile se salta fuori il leader giusto. In ogni caso dobbiamo essere pronti a fare grossi sacrifici.