State court rules no libel in stating connection between imams and suspected terrorists

A New York trial court ruled that merely stating that three imams had worked in the state prisons where four suspected Muslim terrorists were incarcerated was not a factual assertion that accused the imams of radicalizing the suspects. The court ruled that the New York Post article containing the statement had not libeled the imams.

Law blogger Eugene Volokh cites Restatement (Second) of Torts § 566 that provides an illustration of a series of factual statements providing  a basis for an opinion that with supportive details would not be considered libelous. Volokh said the Post article fit the illustration. -db

From a commentary in The Volokh Conspiracy, August 23, 2011, by Eugene Volokh.

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