Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann’s lawyer, Todd McMurtry, has broken his silence after joining the legal team of Kyle Rittenhouse.
Since his acquittal last year, Rittenhouse has been hinting at major lawsuits against the big names who publicly defamed him before, and during, his trial.
Democrat President Joe Biden, NBA star LeBron James, “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg, and others made public statements calling Rittenhouse a “murderer” and a “white supremacist.”
Speaking to Fox News on the lawsuits Rittenhouse will file, McMurtry vowed to get his new client justice.
“I’ve been hired to head the effort to determine whom to sue, when to sue, where to sue,” McMurtry said.
“We’re going to look at everything that’s been said, determine which of those comments are legally actionable, and proceed from there.”
McMurtry added it is “pretty much assured” there’s going to be “10 to 15 solid cases against large defendants.”
“Let’s just use for an example what Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg said about Rittenhouse,” he continued.
“They said that he was involved in a mass murder incident.
“This was not a mass murder incident.
“It was clearly factually false.”
“To call somebody a mass murderer is seriously defamatory.
“And then to use the power of social media to basically censor any views that would take opposition to that mass murderer statement is a serious effort to destroy his character.
“And it was seriously mistaken and seriously defamatory.”
Although Facebook eventually gave Rittenhouse his account back, McMurtry said Zuckerberg is “certainly going to be at the top of your list” when examining who to sue.
“Facebook has an outsized voice, they can do a lot of damage, as compared to somebody maybe who has a small blog with 100 subscribers.
“But we’re going to look at everything that we have access to and that’s been published, and decide which ones are actionable.”
McMurtry said he knows “for a fact Rittenhouse can prove that his job prospects are permanently diminished” so he can prove damages in court.
He added: “Not to mention what they call perpetual reputational harm, which means that Kyle is never going to have an interaction with anybody where they don’t know who he is.
“And this is going to follow him around for the rest of his life.
“Everybody’s going to prejudge him in every new interaction that he has with everybody for the rest of his life, and that’s called perpetual reputational harm.
“The social media hysteria caused all this because people can’t act reasonably and rationally in certain circumstances,” McMurtry said.
SCOOP: @N1ckSandmann‘s lawyer is joining @ThisIsKyleR‘s legal team as he explores potential defamation cases with Mark Zuckerberg at the top of his list. https://t.co/quiHvsrci5
— Will Ricciardella (@WillRicci) June 2, 2022