Supreme Court Won't Hear Stormy-Trump Defamation Fight

By Bill Donahue (February 22, 2021, 10:45 AM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to tackle a defamation lawsuit filed by adult film actress Stormy Daniels against former President Donald Trump, leaving unresolved a circuit split over whether so-called anti-SLAPP statutes can be applied by federal courts.

The justices denied a petition for writ of certiorari from Daniels, who saw her case tossed out last year by the Ninth Circuit because of an anti-SLAPP — a type of statute passed in many states that allows judges to quickly end lawsuits that threaten free speech.

The case had been closely watched by media lawyers because it might have resolved...

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