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Judge Orders New York Times To Return All Documents to Project Veritas

A New York judge orders the New York Times to return all documents to Project Veritas, and destroy all digital copies and communications


On Friday, a New York judge upheld his order for The New York Times to return documents they obtained about communications between Project Veritas and the group’s lawyers.

Justice Charles Wood ordered The Times to immediately give back all physical documents and destroy any electronic copies of communications between Project Veritas and its lawyers. The judge states that the attorney-client privilege protected the communications. 

Wood states that the New York Time’s story regarding the documents was of no “general interest and of value and concern to the public.” 

The New York Times plans to seek a stay of the ruling and would appeal it on First Amendment grounds, according to A.G. Sulzberger, its publisher.

“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. In defiance of law settled in the Pentagon Papers case, this judge has barred The Times from publishing information about a prominent and influential organization that was obtained legally in the ordinary course of reporting,” said Sulzberger in a statement Friday.

The order came as part of a defamation lawsuit filed by Project Veritas leader James O’Keefe against the New York Times.

Project Veritas came under federal scrutiny due to the alleged theft of a diary belonging to President Joe Biden’s daughter Ashley Biden. The group admitted to having the diary at some point but claimed to have since handed it over to authorities. 

Portions of the diary were published by National File, saying they were provided the published parts by a frustrated journalist. Project Veritas and O’Keefe deny any link to the publication of the diary. 

Project Veritas has objected to a New York Times article published on November 11, 2021. The article was based on memos from a Project Veritas lawyer, claiming to reveal how the group worked “a gray area between investigative journalism and political spying,” relying on legal council to keep from violating federal laws.

O’Keefe and Project Veritas have been accused of using misleading tactics to expose liberal media bias. 

Elizabeth Locke, a lawyer for Project Veritas, responded to the ruling Friday, saying, “Today’s ruling affirms that The New York Times’s behavior was irregular and outside the boundaries of law. The court’s thoughtful and well-researched opinion is a victory for the First Amendment for all journalists and affirms the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship.”

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article mistakenly stated the New York Times article referenced was published in 2022, not 2021. 

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9 responses to “Judge Orders New York Times To Return All Documents to Project Veritas”

  1. Breamin1973 says:

    Who gave the NY times the information. The people in the law agency that gave the information should be investigated and lose their job and face all penalties for political targeting Veritas

  2. Electric_Munk says:

    The NYT has seen and published Project Veritas lawyer client communications, and that cow can’t be put back in the barn. I think the NYT needs to either give PV full access to all of their lawyer client commutations or admit that PV is right in n their allegations and pay 10x the damages.

  3. Phorialamaine@midco.net says:

    J Turley wonders if the NYT is going to have a similar experience as PV has had https://jonathanturley.org/2021/12/26/ashley-bidens-diary-will-the-fbi-raid-the-new-york-times/

  4. pandusa says:

    Relieved to know Soros and Company hasn’t bought all the urban justice systems. All this major corruption seems to be in large urban areas like NYC, Chicago ect. I gotta wonder though…who still reads the NYT? I hope PV kicks them to the curb or to the gutter…where they belong. They won’t be lonely…CNN is already there and hopefully MSNBC is in route.

  5. Wolv256 says:

    I don’t just want them to give back the documents, I want the New York’s Times punished for what they did. Is there really no retribution for this crime?!?

  6. Itstoearly says:

    @JustinTheOx I doubt staff read these comments. Best to email them for corrections

  7. Devilsgun says:

    NYT doing its worst to try and Project Veritas to protect their chosen Bumbles from being exposed as an even more foul shower diddler with his own daughter. That’s a new low even for those creeps

  8. Colefish says:

    Can’t believe that this has to be ruled on. Get fucked NYT.

  9. JustinTheOx says:

    At this line in the article Mr. Robison (Project Veritas has objected to a New York Times article published on November 11, 2022.) Made a typo in the year.