CNN's Bakari Sellers Beats Ky. Students' Defamation Suit

By Lauren Berg (October 7, 2020, 10:20 PM EDT) -- A Kentucky federal judge on Wednesday dismissed Bakari Sellers, an attorney and CNN political analyst, from a lawsuit claiming he defamed a group of high school students when he commented on their allegedly disrespectful behavior toward Native American activists at a rally.

U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman granted Sellers' motion to dismiss, finding the Kentucky court doesn't have jurisdiction over the political commentator — who allegedly called the Covington Catholic High School students "deplorables" on Twitter — because there's no evidence he committed a tortious injury in Kentucky.

Judge Bertelsman rejected the students' argument that Sellers' tweets constituted an act...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!