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Glenn Beck faces a lawsuit over his conspiracy theories on Boston Marathon bombing

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Glenn Beck must face a  lawsuit for his slander of a Saudi victim of the Boston Marathon bombing.

by Kyle Mantyla on Tuesday, 12/2/2014 2:54 pm

Following the Boston Marathon bombing last year, Glenn Beck set out on a mission to prove that the government was engaged in a massive conspiracy to cover up the truth, during which he repeatedly asserted that one of the victims who was injured in the attack was really an al Qaeda operative responsible for the bombing.

In the weeks following the bombing, Beck repeatedly insisted that Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, a spectator who was briefly considered to be a “person of interest” by investigators though quickly exonerated, was really an al Qaeda “control agent” and the “money man” who had financed the entire operation and had recruited the Tsarnaev brothers to carry it out.

In response to these unfounded claims, Alharbi eventually sued Beck for defamation and slander, and Beck’s lawyers responded by trying to get the lawsuit thrown out on the grounds that Alharbi was “involuntary public figure” which would require Alharbi to prove not simply that Beck made false accusations against him, but that he did so with “actual malice.”

Of course, it was Beck himself who continued to focus attention on Alharbi, meaning that Beck’s legal team was essentially arguing that Alharbi became a public figure as a result of Beck’s attacks … which they said means that Alharbi cannot now sue Beck for those very same attacks because he was a public figure.

Needless to say, this novel legal argument did not get very far with the federal judge hearing the case

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  • Trimmercastle42

    I can imagine the headline on Geller’s website: “JIHADIST USE LEGAL JIHAD TO DEFAME PROUD AMERICAN, BUY MY BOOKS!!!”

  • Mifeng86

    Good. I hope Alharbi takes that idiot to the cleaners.

  • The greenmantle

    I loved the argument from Becks lawyers 🙂
    I do hope he has that creep who writes the anti sharia law stuff defending him and any fines have to be paid in the gold coins that Beck is always promoting .

    Sir David

  • Lithium2006

    About time that suicidal maniac is starting to get some retribution.

  • mindy1

    I wish him luck-Beck really is a fool, and I think he suffers from delusions of grandeur

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