By Shawn Rice
Hillary Clinton received a bit of relief when a federal judge threw out a lawsuit against the former U.S. Secretary of State by the parents of two Americans killed in the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. In tossing the lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington said that Clinton did not defame the parents when disputing allegations that she had lied.
In their lawsuit, the parents alleged that the former Democratic presidential candidate’s use of a private email server caused the death of their sons, Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods. The parents explained that the use of the email service exposed sensitive information to terrorists. They claimed that Clinton lied when she allegedly told them it was a YouTube video that prompted the consulate attack.
“The untimely death of plaintiffs’ sons is tragic, and the Court does not mean to minimize the unspeakable loss that plaintiffs have suffered in any way,” Judge Jackson wrote in a 29-page opinion. But Berman said legal standards required the case to be dismissed.
Here are some reactions on social media to the dismissal of the lawsuit.
A left wing judge has just thrown out a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton from the parents of a Benghazi victim. Of course they protect her.
— Mike (@mike4193496) May 28, 2017
Judge throws out lawsuit against Hillary Clinton by parents of Benghazi victims. She is so guilty of the lives of these great heroes.
— Larry Wolfe (@wolfeman50) May 28, 2017
— Irene (@Ianderson444) May 28, 2017
Berman ruled the parents did not sufficiently challenge that Clinton was not acting in her official capacity when she used the private server. The judge further held that the families didn’t put forward appropriate claims that Clinton defamed them or put them in a false light.
One of the parents, Patricia Smith, gave a speech during the 2016 Republican National Convention against Clinton. Her son and Woods were killed in the September 2012 attack, along with CIA operative Glen Doherty and the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.
Clinton’s homebrew server bedeviled her campaign before it officially began. Emails later released under the Freedom of Information Act showed some contained classified information, although they were not marked as such at the time.
What did you think of the dismissal of Clinton’s lawsuit? Do you agree with the outcome? Should Clinton be held responsible for the deaths of the two men? Let us know in the comments section.
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