Regent U. student sues Pat Robertson over joke photo penalty.


A student at Regent University's law school has sued the school's founder, TV preacher Pat Robertson, over an unflattering online picture of Robertson the student was compelled to remove.

In September, Adam M. Key posted a photo of Robertson appearing to make an obscene gesture. In fact, Robertson was just scratching his nose with one finger. Key copied the photo from a You Tube video and put it up on his personal page on Facebook, a social networking Web site. He said he did not alter the photograph in any way.

Regent officials ordered Key to remove the picture. He did so, but then wrote about the flap and posted the picture on a university-sponsored e-mail discussion group. At that point, he was suspended from the school for one year.

Key told the Associated Press that the school overreacted.

"Clearly, the picture was of him scratching his face," Key said. "That's why it's funny. Pat Robertson, a public figure who makes ridiculous statements, got caught in a ridiculous position and that was my whole idea of putting it up...

To continue reading