Project Veritas scored a legal victory in its ongoing battle with The New York Times.
According to reports, a judge has ordered the newspaper to destroy all copies of privileged memos related to the conservative activist organization.
Judge sides with Project Veritas
The latest development comes amid a lawsuit Project Veritas has been pursuing since last year. Specifically, the suit argues that the Times misleadingly portrayed a video linking U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to allegations of voter fraud.
The right-wing group filed a motion in which it argued that the newspaper illegally obtained privileged memos without proper authorization. Those memos were reportedly written by the organization’s legal team and apparently included a depiction of reporting practices employed by Project Veritas.
In its lawsuit, the organization sought to remove the memos from the hands of The New York Times, and it has apparently succeeded.
New York Supreme Court Judge Charles Wood ruled in its on Thursday, meaning that the Times has to destroy copies of the documents and return physical evidence to Project Veritas. The newspaper has until next month to comply with the ruling or it could face sanctions, though publisher A.G. Sulzberger has already indicated a desire to appeal the decision.
“A victory for the First Amendment”
“This ruling should raise alarms not just for advocates of press freedoms but for anyone concerned about the dangers of government overreach into what the public can and cannot know,” the publisher declared.
Sulzberger went on to denounce Wood’s decision to prevent the paper “from publishing information about a prominent and influential organization that was obtained legally in the ordinary course of reporting.”
Furthermore, he argued that the decision was based on “no apparent precedent,” resulting in “obvious risks to exposing sources should it be allowed to stand.”
Of course, Project Veritas had a different reaction, as evidenced in a statement accusing the Times of “irregular” behavior “outside the boundaries of law.”
As for the recent court decision, the organization called it “thoughtful and well-researched” and heralded it as “a victory for the First Amendment for all journalists” that “affirms the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship.”