Thursday, August 07, 2008

Air America/Rhodes cleared in CACI defamation suit

A federal appeals court in Richmond, VA says a radio talk-show host's criticism of a U.S government contractor at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq was protected by the First Amendment.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected CACI International's defamation lawsuit against the talk-radio network Air America and former host Randi Rhodes.

CACI sued for $11 million after Rhodes accused company employees of raping and murdering Iraqi civilians at Abu Ghraib. The company interrogated Iraqi detainees for the U.S. military at Abu Ghraib.

A federal judge in Alexandria dismissed the lawsuit. The appeals court upheld that decision yesterday, saying in CACI Premier Technology, Inc. v. Rhodes that the company failed to prove the statements were made with actual malice or reckless disregard for the truth.

The appeals court characterized statements such as Rhodes’ Aug. 26, 2005, comment: “Yeah, don’t call them contractors, call them what they are, they’re hired killers, they’re mercenaries” as hyperbole and exaggeration.
“In several statements Rhodes, with free use of hyperbole and exaggeration, criticized the extensive use of U.S. military contractors in Iraq, saying that their employees could kill without being held to account,” the appeals court wrote.

Rhodes left Air America in April of this year following a suspension and contract dispute.


Lu Cifer said...

It's beyond belief how a scumbag company that ALLEGEDLY (wink wink nudge nudge) tortures people in the sickest and more freaky ways can DARE to sue Randi (to HELL with Airhead America!) for TELLING THE DAMN TRUTH. May the burn in eternal hellfire, as should ALL KKKons who suppress the truth and destroy REAL Democracy!!! Oh and I'm sure the anti-American Nazi company bills themselves as GOOD LI'L KRIS-CHINS...yeah yeah yeah, who would GEEEEEZUS torture! Ask me why I'm a PROUD SATANIST!!!!!!!!!!!!

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