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Judge won’t order removal of anti-Islam YouTube video at center of Benghazi debate

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Gregg Re
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Garcia’s lawyer, Cris Armenta, announced in a press release that it is unlikely the actress will appeal the injunction ruling to the liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, largely because of her limited financial resources.

“Unfortunately, our client, Ms. Garcia, is a woman of extremely modest means. Aside from this film turning her life upside down and being subjected to frightening death threats and threats of harm, she does not have the financial resources to continue to wage battle against Internet giants,” Armenta said in a statement.

It is unclear whether the Ninth Circuit would agree to hear an appeal on the injunction ruling if it were filed.

Nakoula, the film’s producer, is serving a one-year jail term for violating the terms of his probation by making the video. Attention focused on Nakoula after numerous government officials, including President Barack Obama and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, implied his film sparked the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Libya.

The administration has since walked back those claims and acknowledged that the strike was a pre-planned, coordinated terrorist action.