I originally posted about Dixie Chick Natalie Maines falling under the spell of the West Memphis 3 propaganda here after seeing the ‘documentaries’. Then I posted about the libel lawsuit filed against her by Terry Hobbs here.
To briefly recap after the much-lauded DNA evidence was released and a strand of Terry Hobbs hair was found on one of the victims Maines said in a 2007 rally and I quote…
“he washed his clothes and sheets at odd hours for no other reason than to hide evidence from the crime.”
So basically she said that Terry Hobbs was the killer. For those of you unaware Terry Hobbs is the stepfather of one of the children killed so it wouldn’t be that much of a stretch to find a strand of hair on his stepson. Since Terry Hobbs has not been convicted of murder let alone arrested that seems like libel to me.
A federal judge disagrees with me. In his ruling the judge said…
Hobbs couldn’t establish “actual malice”—that Maines knew the statements were false or that she made them with “reckless disregard” of the truth.
So I guess you can claim ignorance of the truth in court and get away with it if you’re famous. Famous but not relevant.