Don Imus Hires Martin Garbus to Sue Over Firing

Don Imus isn't slinking off into obscurity as many hoped. Nor does it seem he has a new gig yet.

Instead, he's hired First Amendment Lawyer Martin Garbus to sue for him.

I'd rather watch Garbus on TV defending him than Imus pal Bo Dietl, but my main feeling is Imus is so last week.

Grounds for the suit seem to be contract provisions...although one would think CBS poured over them before taking decisive action.

Prediction: This will never see a trial. There will be a settlement.

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    Imus is so last week... (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by desertswine on Wed May 02, 2007 at 02:43:47 PM EST
    In other words - Imus, Shmimus.

    blackmail (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by diogenes on Wed May 02, 2007 at 10:06:59 PM EST
    CBS caved in to blackmail and boycott threats and probably violated a contract although the boycotts would have disappeared in a month or two as the news cycle moved on.  Let them pay.

    Yes (none / 0) (#10)
    by squeaky on Thu May 03, 2007 at 11:15:21 AM EST
    The WH wanted him canned because he was anti-war.

    Nappy headed hos? (none / 0) (#1)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed May 02, 2007 at 12:01:22 PM EST
    Ummmmm, Garbus is good but I don't see how that one get wished away.

    I agree (none / 0) (#2)
    by nolo on Wed May 02, 2007 at 12:08:30 PM EST
    With Jeralyn's prediction.  

    Does the First Amendment even matter? (none / 0) (#3)
    by roy on Wed May 02, 2007 at 12:08:36 PM EST
    The government wasn't involved.  It's

    Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech


    Companies shall make no personnel decisions based upon free speech

    The Right (none / 0) (#4)
    by jondee on Wed May 02, 2007 at 12:11:59 PM EST
    noise machine, eager to retain under-the-wire racial slur capability, seemingly believes black rappers made Imus say it.

    Well, (none / 0) (#6)
    by HeadScratcher on Wed May 02, 2007 at 12:27:34 PM EST
    Considering that he said nappy heady ho's while in Hymietown where white interlopers and diamond merchants live then you'd be correct.

    I think the rightwing is just upset with Imus for supporting John Kerry in 2004.


    Theater (none / 0) (#5)
    by squeaky on Wed May 02, 2007 at 12:19:15 PM EST
    This is just a bit of theater so that CBS can pay with a wink and a nod, only because they were forced to. I'll bet that the settlement is already arranged .

    don't read too much into: (none / 0) (#8)
    by Deconstructionist on Wed May 02, 2007 at 03:10:12 PM EST
    "Grounds for the suit seem to be contract provisions...although one would think CBS poured over them before taking decisive action."

     CBS lawyers undoubtedly pored over the contract before he was terminated. It does not follow, however, that  lawyers advised CBS that it could terminate him without paying him a large amount of money. It most likely just means that CBS decided that in the big picture paying him to not be on the network beats paying him to be on it.

      Now, the issues will be about how much money that will be and to what extent Imus can use a mouthpiece to make him appear a victim to some extent to some larger segment of the population at large.