Bary-case lawyer files $10M defamation lawsuit: Omar Tarazi says he's been falsely linked to terrorism
Pamela Geller Oshry is the blogger and owner of conservative website Atlas Shrugs. Previously, Geller was the associate publisher of Jared Kushner's New York Observer magazine. She has also worked with Ben Gurion University in Israel and Brandeis University in Massachusetts.
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On October 24, 2008, Oshry wrote a post on the Atlas Shrugs site claiming that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is the illegitimate love child of civil rights leader Malcolm X. In the article titled "How Could Stanley Ann Dunham Have Delivered Barack Hussein Obama Jr. In August Of 1961 In Honolulu, When Official University Of Washington Records Show Her 2680 Miles Away In Seattle Attending Classes That Same Month?", Oshry links common behaviors and physical characteristics between the two men as her proof.
Bary-case lawyer files $10M defamation lawsuit
Omar Tarazi says he's been falsely linked to terrorism
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 11:09 AM
Updated: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 02:17 PM
BY KATHY LYNN GRAY
The Columbus Dispatch
TOM DODGE | DISPATCH
Ohio lawyer Omar Tarazi is suing a Florida attorney and a blogger he says defamed him in connection with the Rifqa Bary case.
In a civil suit filed in U.S. District Court in Columbus, Tarazi said that attorney John Stemberger and blogger Pamela G. Oshry made statements on national television and on the Web that Tarazi was involved with terrorists.
Tarazi was the attorney for Mohamed and Aysha Bary of the Northeast Side, the parents of Rifqa Bary.
Rifqa, now 18, was involved in a much-publicized attempt to sever herself from her Muslim parents after she converted to Christianity and ran away last year.
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She was granted permanent residency in the United States last week, attorney Kort Gatterdam said today. She had been an illegal immigrant.
Tarazi sued Stemberger and Oshry for $10 million on Friday. His complaint states that Stemberger falsely said that Tarazi was being paid by an organization with ties to terrorists and that, essentially, Tarazi was not a qualified attorney.
Tarazi says in his complaint that Oshry, who blogs under the name Pamela Geller, made similar assertions in her blog.
The statements by Stemberger and Oshry "permanently harmed" his personal and professional reputation and his private law practice, the suit says.
"Potential clients that do a simple web search to check on plaintiff's credentials will find these accusations of perjury, conflict of interest, being unqualified as an attorney," as well as claims that Tarazi was a member of Hamas, considered a terrorist organization by the United States, the suit says.
"I'm saying I'm not going to take this," Tarazi said today. "It affects my job, my career, it affects everything. It's pushback to say that you can't just call someone a terrorist with no basis and get away with it."
Tarazi also says in his complaint that the accusations against him were made to influence the legal proceedings involving Bary.