Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Judge: Woman Trump Called 'Dummy' on Twitter Can't Sue Him

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Judge: Woman Trump Called 'Dummy' on Twitter Can't Sue Him

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NEW YORK - Donald Trump can keep his Twitter insults flying.

In a decision made public Tuesday, a New York judge dismissed a lawsuit filed last year against the Republican president-elect by a political strategist who claimed her reputation was trashed when he falsely tweeted she had "begged" for a campaign job and called her a "dummy" on Twitter. In her 20-page opinion, signed Monday, Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Barbara Jaffe wrote that although Trump's "intemperate tweets are clearly intended to belittle and demean plaintiff," they wouldn't prevent Republican PR Cheryl Jacobus from working as a consultant and political commentator.

- the associated press

Jacobus' lawyer, Jay Butterman, vowed to appeal the decision. He said the ruling had effectively given "now President-elect Donald Trump a free pass to trample on the free speech rights of any critic. …

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