The widow of blogger and web publisher Andrew Breitbart is fighting an attempt to make her a defendant in a defamation lawsuit against her late husband.
After months of wrangling over Breitbart's role in the case following his death in March 2012, lawyers for the plaintiff have asked the court to substitute Susannah Breitbart as a defendant. Over the weekend, lawyers for Susannah Breitbart, represented by Reed Smith, filed papers opposing that request.
Former U.S. Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod sued Breitbart, Breitbart's colleague Larry O'Connor and an anonymous third defendant in the Washington federal trial court over a video clip of Sherrod speaking that was posted on Breitbart's website. Sherrod accused Breitbart of "deceptively" editing the clip to make it seem as though Sherrod, who is black, discriminated against a white farmer.