Turley Demands Retraction and Apology From Conservative Attorney and Radio Host Debbie Schlussel

Two of my clients in the pilots litigation flagged an article by conservative Republican activist and attorney Debbie Schlussel reporting that I am funded by the Bin Laden family and using the Brown family as a front for an Islamic radical agenda. Ms. Schlussel previously attracted national attention by writing in the aftermath of Bin Laden’s death “1 down, 1.8 billion more to go.” She was also denounced for her statement that CBS reporter Lara Logan deserved to be raped while covering the protests in Egypt — a statement rightfully criticized by David Drumm (which she attributes to me). The article by Ms. Schlussel is clearly defamatory and neither she nor her attorney has responded to inquiries over the last couple days.

The article is entitled “EXCLUSIVE: “Sister Wives” Lawsuit is Front for Islam, Sharia Bigamy; Lawyer Got Big $s From Islamic Terrorists” published on July 13, 2011. In addition to the false headline, the article contains repeated false statements, including but not limited to:

“Make no mistake, Turley–sleazebag lawyer for Islamic terrorists, including Islamic Jihad founder and convicted terrorist, Sami Al-Arian–is filing this one for his Muslim friends and patrons and using these bozos from Utah as his cover for what he’s really seeking here. Reportedly, the Bin Laden family paid for Turley’s failed defense of Al-Arian, just as the Bin Ladens reportedly paid for the Al-Arian kids’ expensive college and grad school educations.”

It is rather hard to locate Ms. Schlussel who lists her address on copies of complaints on her blog as “The Law Office of Debbie Schlussel, writedebbie@gmail.com. I have sent a letter to one address found on a brief and I have tried to contact the lawyer who represented her as a defendant in a prior action, Mr. Andrew Kochanowski of Sommers and Schwartz. It is not known if Sommers and Schwartz or Mr. Kochanowski represents Ms. Schlussel in such matters.

I honestly do not know much about Ms. Schlussel. Her blog describes her as “a lifelong conservative Republican activist.” She solicits contributions and advertisers on her blog, which blog features ads from such groups as The International Federation of Christian and Jews, though the blog is characterized by hyperbolic and often hateful commentary. Ms. Schlussel cites her appearances on shows ranging from Bill O’Reilly to Rush Limbaugh. The blog claims “[h]er online fan club is the Internet’s second largest for a political personality–behind only Ann Coulter.”

The blog further states:

Schlussel, who speaks Hebrew, Arabic, French, and Russian, works closely with several Federal law enforcement agencies, consulting on fighting the domestic War on Terrorism, and has provided them with much useful information. She has gone undercover, infiltrating many Muslim organizations in the Detroit area (the heart of Islamic America), exposing their radical nature and support for terrorism. Schlussel continues to represent a very valuable Muslim confidential informant to several federal government agencies, who has been responsible for putting hundreds with terrorism connections behind bars.

It is not clear how one puts a terrorism “connection” behind bars but presumably that means hundreds of terrorists put in jail with the help of Ms. Schlussel. Given the relatively modest number of terrorism cases each year, that is an extraordinary feat.

It is widely known that I represent both the Brown and Dr. Al-Arian on a pro bono basis. I, of course, have received no money from the Bin Laden family.

For years, I have defended people on these pages accused of hate speech or blasphemy crimes in other countries. For examples, click here and here and here. It is therefore highly ironic to find myself the target of such hateful speech.

Like many civil libertarians, I oppose the criminalization of speech. Ms. Schlussel’s past statements (such the statement concerning the deaths of all Muslims) would likely be viewed as criminal speech in some these countries and I would be the first to defend her right to such opinions, no matter how hateful or vile. However, as the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan observed, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” Indeed, I have long encouraged for countries like France and England to allow citizens to seek relief in civil lawsuits when hateful statements are false. People will often publish false statements — like attorneys being extensions of terrorist groups — to deter others from considering controversial cases or simply to punish those who take such cases. The result is to not just defame people but degrade the level of discourse in our society.

The question is whether people of good faith should simply walk away from such libelous and malicious statements or whether we have a duty to bring such people to the courts for judgment. A defamation action against Ms. Schlussel may serve the public as a pro bono effort in maintaining the minimal standards of civility and accuracy in public debate. I will be discussing such an action with friends and colleagues.

The article remains posted and Ms. Schlussel has not issued a retraction or an apology, as requested.

Jonathan Turley

84 thoughts on “Turley Demands Retraction and Apology From Conservative Attorney and Radio Host Debbie Schlussel”

  1. Wah – Wah. Ya hang with the worms then expect to smell like them. Grow a spine and then you’ll be promoted to a mere snake.

  2. I know that some on this board are going to say. im crazy and those quotes have nothing to do with this but in reality it will give you a little idea of the “hype” that idiots like debbie,ann,rush and glen are pushing on humanity

    while Karl Marx was writing the “Communist Manifesto” under the director of one group of Illuminists, Professor Karl Ritter of Frankfurt University was writing the antithesis under the direction of another group.

    The idea was that those who direct the overall conspiracy could use the differences in those two so-called ideologies to enable them to divide larger and larger members of the human race into opposing camps so that they could be armed and then brainwashed into fighting and destroying each other. And particularly, to destroy all political and religious institutions.

    World War III is to be fomented by using the so-called controversies, the agents of the Illuminati operating under whatever new name, as are now being stored up between the political Zionists and the leaders of the Moslem world. That war is to be directed in such a manner that all of Islam and political Zionism (Israel) will destroy each other while at the same time; the remaining nations once more divided on this issue will be forced to fight themselves into a state of complete exhaustion; physically, mentally, spiritually, and economically.

  3. Eniobob,

    Thanks. I already knew that Bloomberg is merely Giuliani in a benign package. He has added to yhe homogenization and gentrification of Manhattan and the lower part of Brooklyn. They have become mainly haunts of the wealthy, while the rest of the City is ignored. I know far too much about the City because one of my daughters is quite involved with Democratic Party politics and what I know is depressing.

  4. “The question is whether people of good faith should simply walk away from such libelous and malicious statements or whether we have a duty to bring such people to the courts for judgment.”~Prof. Turley
    As a citizen, not a lawyer, I can say that there are many people who watch and wait for those of your proffesion to stand up and ‘set in stone’ those efforts that lead to what becomes the general discourse in this Country.
    Your time may be more valuable to you elsewhere, but one only has to open thier eyes and ears to be made privy to the very loud void created by those who are afflicted by unhinged jaws and malicious self-serving intent, (be it conscious or worse) and the crashing damage it does to society by it’s purpose going unattended by those with deeper and more settled wisdoms.

    Please do sue…..

  5. Ms. Schlussel is best ignored. She has neither the ability nor the credibility to damage the professional reputation of Prof. Turley. She is a bitter Zionist who has allowed her hatred of Islam to justify her own version of “ethnic cleansing.” And she has long since forgotten her oath as an attorney. I assume, however, that her shrill bigotry does put food on the table.

  6. Lottakatz,

    Debbie Sleazebag also wrote in her “correction” that Jonathan “claims” that he represents the specified parties pro bono and that he also “claims” has no connection to Osama Bin Laden.

    People like Debbie and Not-So-Breitbart lack any scruples or ethics.

  7. It seems that her retraction only reinforces her initial defamation of the Professor. By indicating that he does it as a matter of ideology v mere money she enhances (IMO) her original point.

    That’s not a retraction, correction or apology- its a second attack in the same way that an apology that starts “If anyone was offended…” is not an apology.

  8. She would as soon rot in hell as admit she is wrong. She is a woman after all.

  9. If you give some people a shovel, they are inevitably going to misuse it.

  10. Schlussel has posted her “correction” :

    FROM Schlusel’s latest (current) post at link above::
    “****Correction: Jonathan Turley claims that he represents both Islamic Jihad terrorist group founder and chief Sami Al-Arian and the “Sister Wives” crackpots pro bono, contrary to an earlier version of this post. This makes him even more sleazy as it indicates his commitment to their dangerous and harmful agendas. Turley claims he has no connection to Osama Bin Laden, but, in fact, the Al-Arians are closely connected to Bin Laden as noted below. ****”

  11. Mike S:I know this is off topic.

    You would be shocked at some of the things that have gone on in your old beloved New York under the “King Bloomberg”administration.

    No Smoking Anywhere,Parks,Beaches etc
    No Music by musicians in areas of Central Park
    The NYPD has A program that cabbies who ride above95th street in Upper Manhattan have a decal in their windows which allow the Police to pull that cab over and question and even search their passengers.

    Pedestrian malls on Broadway have tables and chairs in the middle of the street .

    Since I had your attention I just wanted to pass that on to you,you could probably get more info on those subjects from any city paper on their online sites.

  12. My apologies Eniobob and thanks SwM, I tend to read my E Mail from the top up and so I hadn’t yet seen the new Post that contained the statement.
    As for Rev. Sharpton he’s a brilliant man, certainly with many good ideas, who is also a shameless self-promoter to the point of seriously straining his credibility, as he tries to be on the scene at every media covered event. Often in his haste to provide commentary for the media, he overstates his case, to his own detriment.

  13. Mike S:

    No link ,just MHO.Just quoting the lead up to the Sharpton at MSNBC thread.

  14. Mike S.,

    I cannot find the site…but if memory serves me correctly..an attorney under the Bush Administration was accused of giving comfort….

    But wasn’t Michael Moore accused as well…..

  15. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, “anilingus” Mike. Stealing political opinions is one thing, now you’re stealing jokes as well. Is original thought that difficult for that drug addled old-hippie brain of yours?

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