Regional News: Nevada Supreme Court: Statements made about Family Court are protected by First Amendment

The Nevada Supreme Court building Monday, March 4, 2019. /David Calvert/The Nevada Independent

By Tabitha Mueller | The Nevada Independent

The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Steve Sanson, the founder of controversial political organization Veterans In Politics International, by dismissing a lawsuit against him under the state’s anti-SLAPP law that aims to prevent frivolous lawsuits.

The unanimous, three-judge panel ruling on Thursday also established email lists and proceedings in Family Court as public forums with protections under the anti-SLAPP law. The decision concluded Sanson’s posts were protected because he was conducting communications in good faith on matters of public concern. The SLAPP acronym refers to a “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation.”

Sanson’s lawyer, Maggie McLetchie, told The Nevada Independent that the lawsuit brought against Sanson by Las Vegas-based divorce attorneys Jennifer Abrams and Marshal Willick was a “thinly veiled” attempt to stop Sanson and others from speaking about what takes place in court. Sanson is a strident critic and observer of activity within Las Vegas family courts.

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