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Former Rep. Devin Nunes not defamed by Esquire journal, choose guidelines

DES MOINES, Iowa — A federal choose in Iowa has dominated in opposition to former U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, who filed lawsuits claiming he was defamed by articles printed by Esquire journal about his household’s Iowa dairy farm.

U.S. District Judge C.J. Williams dominated Tuesday in favor of reporter Ryan Lizza and Esquire writer Hearst Magazines in a lawsuit Nunes filed, in keeping with the Des Moines Register.

Nunes served for 19 years representing California within the U.S. House earlier than leaving Congress to run the social media platform Truth Social, which is essentially owned by former President Donald Trump.

Nunes filed the lawsuits in 2019 after Lizza’s story on the Nunes household’s dairy farm in northwest Iowa printed in 2018. The article claimed the household stored their transfer from California to Iowa a secret and delved into questions on immigrants dwelling illegally in Iowa who work on the state’s dairy farms.

In his ruling, Williams mentioned an affordable jury couldn’t discover the article’s statements defamatory.

It marks the second time the court docket has dominated in opposition to Nunes. Williams in 2020 additionally rejected Nunes’ claims, however he appealed, and in 2021 the eighth Circuit Court of Appeals discovered Lizza might have dedicated a brand new defamatory act when in November 2019 he tweeted a hyperlink to the unique article.

Williams famous in his second ruling that proof supported the article’s reporting in regards to the Nunes household’s immigrant employees. The choose mentioned the household didn’t provide materials proof that the story’s claims had been false.

An e mail despatched to Nunes at his web site wasn’t instantly returned.

Lizza now works for the information group Politico, and an e mail left with Lizza at Politico wasn’t instantly returned. An e mail left with Esquire journal additionally wasn’t instantly returned.

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