We're suffering through the dog days of summer. But at least we just had some big legal orders to keep things interesting.
First, Trump is in the news again (does he ever leave?) but this time it's about a civil lawsuit. He had sued CNN for defamation, claiming that CNN defamed him by comparing him to Hitler and the Nazi regime. On Friday, Judge Singhal dismissed his complaint.
The Court explained that the fatal flaw was that the complained of statements were opinions, not factually false statements. Comparing a Trump quote to a quote from Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels may be "bad rhetoric," the Court wrote, but it's "not defamation when it does not include false statements of fact." This is the second big order from Judge Singhal on the First Amendment, having previously granted summary judgment to CNN in Alan Dershowitz's defamation lawsuit against the company.
The opinion is a good and quick (11 pages) read. You can find it below.