In the defamation case brought forward by Project Veritas, Justice Charles D. Wood of the Supreme Court of New York in Westchester County rejected The New York Times motion to dismiss on March 19, according to Project Veritas.

The case was brought by Project Veritas after The New York Times called Project Veritas’s inquiry into illicit ballot processing in Minnesota during the 2020 election cycle “deceptive.”

The New York Times defended against Project Veritas’s “deceptive” Minnesota ballot harvesting videos, claiming that they were clearly a “unverifiable expression of opinion.”

Project Veritas pointed out that this “opinion” appeared in The New York Times News section, and the court agreed that when a writer interjects an opinion into a news article (and will pursue legal protection as opinion), it stands to reason that the writer should have a duty to warn the reader … that it is opinion. The Times failed to do so, which the court considered to be concerning.

The court concluded that Project Veritas had developed a strong basis in law and reality that the defendants, The New York Times, behaved with real malice, that is, with awareness that the claims in the articles were false or made with reckless disregard of whether they were false or not, and that it should be able to “conduct discovery.”

As a result of this decision, Project Veritas will be able to challenge New York Times reporter Maggie Astor and New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet under oath.

These depositions will be registered by Project Veritas and made public.

About the Veritas Project

“In 2011, James O’Keefe formed Project Veritas as a nonprofit investigative organization to continue his undercover reporting. To create a more ethical and open society, Project Veritas investigates and exposes corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud, and other wrongdoing in both public and private institutions. O’Keefe is the CEO and chairman of the board of directors so that he can continue to guide and educate his colleagues while still preserving and maintaining the Project Veritas community,” states the About section on the Project Veritas website. 

“Project Veritas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Project Veritas does not advocate for concrete solutions to the problems that its inquiries have uncovered,” it concluded.

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