Project Veritas on Tuesday announced a victory in recuperating legal costs in a defamation case. A US District judge ruled that the accuser, who sued and lost, must pay up after citing how bizarre it was that a woman previously declared "indigent" had an upwards of six lawyers on hand.
Other moments during the proceedings are cited as indicators that outside political activist groups had an active interest in the process.
Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe explained how Shirley Teter sued the investigative organization for defamation, and lost, back in 2019. Project Veritas had run a story where they recorded Scott Foval of Americans United for Change alleging Democrat operatives had been planted at Trump rallies to incite violence in the lead-up to the 2016 election. Teter denied being a plant.
Teter had a team of six attorneys with her: Jonathan Sasser, Ralph Streza, Dixie Wells, Preetha Suresh Rini, Sean W Fernandes, and Jeremy Falcone.
She was initially declared incapable of paying back legal fees, until Chief US District Judge Martin Reidinger overruled that earlier decision.
"Judge Reidinger noted that Teter was represented by six attorneys in this matter, all of whom were from outside this district, and one of whom was from out of state. This was inconsistent with the claim that Teter was 'indigent and therefore cannot pay the costs of the litigation herself,'" O'Keefe explains.
Additionally, Reidinger mentions how unusual it was how attorney Sasser brought up on his own accord that former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton or the Democrats were not funding the lawsuit.
According to Project Veritas:
The judge also "expressed bewilderment over why a baseless lawsuit was brought forward" by several allegedly pro bono attorneys from around the country, one of whom was quick to protest (without being asked) that "we're not paid by the Hillary Clinton campaign or by the Democratic party or anything like that."
O'Keefe reveals that progressive strategist Lauren Windsor confessed to emailing with Teter's attorneys. "I believe I emailed her [Shirley Teter] attorney. It would've been Ralph Streza," Windsor told investigators.
O'Keefe shares a January 2017 email from Windsor where she confesses: "Would be a no brainer for the opportunity to take down JOK for good. We gotta know some rich guys who want the bragging rights."
It's said to be part of a series of efforts by Windsor, as O'Keefe goes on to cite Project Veritas victories in the courtroom against Steve Wentz (over "secretly" recording a union official) and against textbook sales representative Kimberley Koerber who was recorded saying "the dead white guys did not create this country" and "damn the Second Amendment."
Koerber still owes Project Veritas over $180,000.
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