Capitol Rioter Seeks ‘Default’ Against CNN in $100 Million Lawsuit (Newsweek)


    Capitol Rioter Seeks ‘Default’ Against CNN in $100 Million Lawsuit – By Khaleda Rahman (Newsweek) / Jan 22, 2024

    A Virginia man who admitted to entering the U.S. Capitol during the riot on January 6, 2021, has asked a court to enter a default judgment against CNN after suing the network for defamation.

    Jacob Hiles, a charter boat captain from Virginia Beach, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building in September 2021. He was sentenced in December 2021 to two years of probation and ordered to complete 60 hours of community service.

    Hiles sued CNN last year, alleging the network defamed him in an article published on October 15, 2021, with the headline: “US Capitol Police officer indicted on obstruction of justice charges in connection with January 6.”

    The article reported on the indictment of Michael Angelo Riley, a Capitol Police officer who prosecutors said messaged Hiles on Facebook and encouraged him to delete his posts. Riley was sentenced to two years of probation and four months of home detention earlier this year after being convicted on one count of obstruction of justice.




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