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Press Release: Virginia Supreme Court rejects trooper’s appeal

Virginia Supreme Court rejects trooper’s appeal, ending her defamation claim

A Virginia State Trooper has lost her appeal of a lawsuit in which she accused a former Mechanicsville man of defamation.
The Virginia Supreme Court refused Trooper Melanie McKenney’s petition for appeal in her $1.35 million lawsuit against Nathan Cox, ending a protracted legal dispute.
At the heart of the case was the right of citizens to video traffic stops and police interaction for publication on social media.

Cox, 37, an Army veteran who served in Iraq during the Iraq War, has operated a law enforcement watchdog website, Virginia Cop Block. McKenney pulled him over during a traffic stop in 2012. He was subsequently charged for not displaying a license plate on the front of his vehicle and another non-moving vehicle violation.

During the course of the traffic stop, Cox used his cell phone to video the interaction with McKenney, and she attempted to grab it and take it away from him.
Cox, who now lives in Brevard County, Florida, later posted a video on the Internet of the traffic stop with his comments. McKenney filed a lawsuit against Cox in Hanover County alleging his remarks constituted defamation. The original case, claiming $5,000 in damages was dismissed, but McKenney filed a second similar lawsuit seeking $1.35 million in damages.

All of McKenney’s claims eventually were dismissed by the trial court, but she appealed.
The Virginia Supreme Court rejected her appeal Jan. 23, saying in its ruling there was “no reversible error.”

“Accordingly, the Court refuses the petition for appeal,” the high court ruled.
“Nathan Cox’s nightmare is finally over,” said Thomas Roberts, a Richmond attorney whose law firm defended Cox based on legal procedure and the First Amendment right to free speech.

McKenney’s last claim at the trial court was based on a statement Cox made when he was invited to speak to a group of University of Richmond law students in 2015. He told the students that the trooper “pretty much assaulted me.”

Attorneys for Cox opposed McKenney’s appeal, arguing it had no basis. Her concession that she “frisk[ed] him a little bit and things like that” was sufficient factual ground to legitimize Cox’s opinion that McKenney “pretty much assaulted” him, they argued, and the trial court dismissed her claim.

Freedom Works Foundation helped Cox pay some of his legal fees, and Roberts has established a website to raise more funds. You can find the legal fund HERE. (

Virginia State Troopers take a pledge to obey the laws of the United States and Virginia, and to defend the constitutions of both, Roberts noted on the website. “Unless somebody holds government servants faithful to the pledge, it is meaningless and your liberties are at risk,” he wrote.

“Nathan Cox has shouldered the burden of protecting your rights…He has stood in the breach, he has done his part. Will you do yours?”
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$1.35M Defamation Lawsuit Against VA Cop Block Founder: Final Outcome

For those who’ve been following the Civil Lawsuit Saga that I have been dealing with, in which Virginia State Trooper Melanie McKenney filed a defamation suit against me which all transpired from a traffic stop she initiated back in 2012 – I have your most recent update!

September 8th, of this 2016, my attorney Jonathan Arthur, an associate over at Thomas Roberts & Associates was in court to deal with the one final claim against me. I will take a moment to remind you that the last time we were in court over this ordeal, was on November 6th, 2015. You can find the filed complaint against me, the pleadings my attorney responded with AND the most recent opinion the Judge issued after that November 6th court date, here. I digress.

The results are in from the September 8th 2016 hearing!

Please check out Thomas Roberts‘ excellent write up regarding the outcome of the case here. Mr. Roberts is a founder and the principal member of the firm of Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C. I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend Jonathan Arthur or anyone else at the firm for legal matters and most especially civil rights/ Constitutional situations!

I am in great need of donations for my legal defense. Please consider making a donation here. If you prefer your donations to be in the form of Bitcoin, send a message to the VA Cop Block Facebook Page letting us know.

For anyone interested in reading some other articles written about this situation, Check out the Fox News Article, DailyMail Article, Photography is Not a Crime ArticleRichmond’s NBC12 Article.

VA State Trooper McKenney Sues VA Cop Block Founder Nathan Cox for $1.35 Million

Nathan Cox & Tom Roberts after the $10,000 VCU Settlement.

Nathan Cox & Tom Roberts after the $10,000 VCU Settlement.

Written by: Nathan Cox

In March of 2014, local Richmond media (along with Virginia Cop Block) reported that I was being sued by Virginia State Trooper Melanie McKenney as a result from a traffic stop that transpired on Memorial Day weekend 2012, nearly two years prior, in which I later wrote an article about. The initial suit was for “defamation” which was filed in small claims court and she was suing me for $5,000.

The initial “warrant in-debt” I received had no attached complaint or allegations and I had no idea what it was about. I later formed the opinion that McKenney was upset about something I perhaps wrote in the article about the stop. The article also included information I acquired by way of a Freedom of Information Act Request.  This information I received included electronic forms of communication, radio transmissions and her dashboard camera.

During this first go around, Read more

Case Dismissed In Trooper Melanie McKenney vs VACB Founder Nathan Cox (Update: Saga Continues)

Written By: Nathan Cox

I was due in Hanover Court on Monday June 23rd at 9:30 in regards to a Civil Lawsuit where Virginia State Trooper Melanie McKenney was/ is trying to sue me for “Defamation”. The small claims court room was in the basement of the General District Court. Virginia State Police Employee, Melanie McKenney failed to show up. My case was the first called, we told the Judge we would wait around for 15 minutes. After waiting with no appearance by McKenney, the Judge dismissed the case.

Now Today, June 26th, 2015 I receive mail from McKenney, that was a copy of a letter she sent to the Judge the day after our Court Date, apologizing for her absence and requesting/ submitting a motion to reopen the case. See pictures below. Read more

Virginia Cop Block Founder Nathan Cox Sued by VSP Trooper Melanie McKenney

Warrant in Debt
On March 17, 2014 I was served a “Warrant in Debt”. As you will see in the attached image, I’m being sued for $5,000 by Virginia State Police Trooper Melanie McKenney. Some of you readers may recall that two years ago I was pulled over by Trooper Melanie McKenney during Memorial Day Weekend when the Virginia State Police had many of their Revenue Generating Officers out on the interstates. I had described it as the second most aggressive traffic stop I had ever been involved in. She violated my rights and denied my right to record her by claiming my cell phone could be a gun – however the information and videos given to me through the FOIA Request showed that she knew it wasn’t a gun, in her words, “I don’t want myself on any type of YouTube or whatever.” If you are not aware of this incident and would like to see the article and videos of that incident click here.

So almost two years later VSP Trooper Melanie McKenney is suing me for “Defamation”. Read more