Trump Appointee Tosses Most Of Bible Photo Op Suit

The Washington Post reports:

A U.S. judge on Monday dismissed most claims filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of D.C., Black Lives Matter and others who in lawsuits accused the Trump administration of authorizing an unprovoked attack on demonstrators in Lafayette Square last year.

The plaintiffs asserted the government used unnecessary force to enable a photo op of Trump holding a Bible outside of the historical St. John’s Church. But U.S. District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich of Washington called allegations that federals officials conspired to make way for the photo too speculative.

Friedrich — a 2017 Trump appointee who previously served as a federal prosecutor, Senate Judiciary aide, and associate counsel in the George W. Bush White House — allowed litigation against D.C. and Arlington police to move forward because federal immunity laws didn’t apply to local agencies.

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