Paula Deen’s lawyer filed a court motion Monday claiming Lisa Jackson, the former general manager at one of Deen’s restaurants who filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the celebrity chef, doesn’t have the “standing” or legal right to do so because she is white, reported CNN.
In her May 17 legal deposition, Deen admitted to making racial slurs, saying “Yes, of course” she uses the “N” word at work. (Read: In Legal Deposition, Paula Deen Confesses to Using the 'N Word', Telling Racist Jokes)
Deen’s lawyer with the Georgia-based law firm Oliver Maner LLP is basing his defense on a June 26 decision by the Supreme Court to decline to rule on Hollingsworth v. Perry, a challenge to Proposition 8, a ballot measure barring same-sex couples from state-sanctioned wedlock. The high court’s rejection of the appeal allowed gay and lesbian marriage to resume in the state. The court dismissed the challenge on the grounds that the private parties behind the appeal did not have standing to defend the ban on same-sex marriage.
But the Savannah, Georgia judge isn’t likely to buy the argument that the Prop 8 ruling is relevant to the Deen case, George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley told CNN Tuesday. Turley explained the concept of “standing” is not new, and the Supreme Court’s reference of it for Prop 8 won’t advance Deen's motion to dismiss the case.