Quite a while ago, Sgt. Peter Damon, an Iraq war veteran and amputee, filed a $35 millionÃ‚Â lawsuit against Michael Moore, claiming that Moore used his words and image out of context in his film Fahrenheit 911. Damon said Moore went out of his way to make it appear thatÃ‚Â he was anti-war and bitter toward those who sent him there when in fact that’s not the case.
Judge Douglas Woodlock of U.S. District Court in Massachusetts hasÃ‚Â dismissed the suit, rulingÃ‚Â Moore’s film didn’t force that assumption. Wow. I’ve seen a few Michael Moore movies, and I’d be hard pressed to find an assumptionÃ‚Â his filmsÃ‚Â didn’t force, but whatever.
Speaking of forcing assumptions,Ã‚Â I was tempted to assumeÃ‚Â that, because Judge Woodlock is from Massachusetts, this meansÃ‚Â he must have a liberalÃ‚Â bias. After looking around a little though, it’s important to note that Woodlock was nominated to the benchÃ‚Â by Ronald Reagan in 1986.
Whew! Now at least Moore won’t have to sell his shares in Halliburton to pay off a multi-million dollar court loss.