Nick Sandmann Lawyer: Media Who Attacked Student Need To 'Pay a High Price'
Covington Catholic High School student's attorney vows justice
The attorney for Nick Sandmann, the Covington Catholic High School student who was demonized around the world following a confrontation with a Native American activist, said that the celebrities and media would “need to be punished and they need to pay a high price for what they did.”
Speaking to Fox News: Todd McMurty, the co-counsel for Sandmann, said they were considering legal action against media outlets and celebrities for defamation, slander, and libel.
“We are identifying people that may be libel. And then we’re sending out what you call document preservation letters,” McMurty said on the “Todd Starnes Show.”
“These letters are designed to put people on notice... So we sent those to about 52 organizations that include celebrities, national media sources, Catholic diocese that were involved in this. So all those people have received notices.”
McMurty confirmed there where as many as seven attorneys are looking through documents and information to assist legal action.
“We will continue to expand that list of 52 and I suspect when it’s all over the list is going to be in the hundreds as we identify other people who have defamed, slandered and libeled Nick both in the press, live programs, and writing,” McMurty added.
“We do intend to pursue as many of these people as we possibly can.”
“Defendants who have intentionally joined a cybermob aimed at harassing and threatening a teenager have good reason to be legally concerned,” Wood told Fox News in a statement.
The viral video was torn apart by celebrities and media alike, accusing Sandmann of harassing a Native American activist.
Looking like Nick Sandman & Covington Catholic students were treated unfairly with early judgements proving out to be false - smeared by media. Not good, but making big comeback! “New footage shows that media was wrong about teen’s encounter with Native American” @TuckerCarlson— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2019
After a more extended video was released, the context became clear, and that Nathan Phillips approached the students.
Even President Donald Trump spoke out in public support for the Covington Catholic School students and accused the outlets of biased reporting, saying the boys were "smeared by media."
McMurty displayed concern for Sandmann’s future after the event.
“They made false statements against my client that have damaged his reputation. And imagine being the person subject to all of this hatred at age 16 and imagine when you apply to a college grad school."
"Imagine when you go to a party. Imagine when you seek a new job or want to move to a new city we're going to know who you are,” McMurty told Starnes.
“I don't think people are going to forget this for years to come."
"And what they did to him is completely inexcusable."
"It's a travesty, and they all need to be punished, and they need to pay a high price for what they did.”