A Friendly Reminder That 1st Amendment Rights Aren’t Absolute
Derrick Rose is currently in the battle of his life with his professional and personal future hang in the balance because of his impending rape case. Rose, however, has not been good about letting the legal process play out and the judge is putting a stop to it. Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald told Rose if he doesn’t stop slandering the plaintiff in the case, the New York Knicks point guard will be hit with sanctions.
The judge had likely taken note of TMZ pushing Rose’s agenda, publishing headlines like Derrick Rose ‘Rape’ Lawsuit is…Just a Money Grab” and “Derrick Rose Rape Accuser Filed Police Report…2 Years After Incident. Rose also said the accuser “is not a minor who is a true victim of rape or assault.” The judge called this statement “as unpersuasive as it is distasteful.”
Also, while the plaintiff has frequently been referred to as “Jane Doe,” Judge Fitzgerald said she will have to go by her real name if the trial begins on October 4th. With that said, there’s a still a chance the matter will be settled out of court.