By Harold W. Reid, The Chicago Times
December 28, 2021
NEW YORK – The New York Times was ordered to return documents belonging to activist group Project Veritas by the New York Supreme Court.
On Friday, Justice Charles Wood of the New York Westchester County Supreme Court ordered the return of any physical copies of legal memos prepared by one of Project Veritas’s lawyers and to destroy electronic copies.
Project Veritas relies heavily on secret recordings to expose corrupt politicians and media bias. Project Veritas, led by James O’Keefe, is currently under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for its alleged role in the theft of a diary belonging to Joe Biden’s daughter, Ashley.
The New York Times claimed in an article that information obtained from legal memos reveal how Project Veritas sought to “gauge how far its deceptive reporting practices can go before running afoul of federal laws.”
According to Wood’s ruling, the Project Veritas legal memos were private legal documents that should be kept private “Steadfast fidelity to, and vigilance in protecting First Amendment freedoms cannot be permitted to abrogate the fundamental protections of attorney-client privilege or the basic right to privacy,” Wood wrote in the ruling.
Publisher of the New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, declared that he would appeal the ruling. Sulzberger claims the information was obtained legally in the ordinary course of reporting.