Roy Moore was a bit of an albatross for the Republican Party. The former Alabama Supreme Court Justice won the 2017 Senate primary. Then came allegations of sexual misconduct with an underage girl.
Thanks to these allegations, Democrat Doug Jones was able to win the race in the incredibly red state. Jones remained a U.S. Senator for over 2 years before losing to Tommy Tuberville in 2020.
To make the injury worse, Moore was also involved in a comedy sketch directed by Sacha Baron Cohen. The Borat comedian made GOP lawmakers addicted by pretending to be giving him an award for helping Israel. When Moore got there, Cohen scanned him with a pedophile detection wand that began to beep.
In response to the segment, Moore and his wife sued the comedian for $ 95 million. US District Judge John Cronan dismissed the lawsuit out of court on Tuesday.
He wrote in a statement that the segment was: "clearly a joke. It is simply inconceivable that the show's audience would have found a section where Judge Moore activated an alleged pedophile detection staff that is factually grounded. "
Moore and his wife are stunned by the decision. Her attorney Larry Klayman said in a statement: "Judge Cronan's judgment does not make any factual or legal sense. On the contrary, Judge Cronan's dismissal is a joke and more than a bad joke. "
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He enjoys sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the shore.