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I will tell you what was printed. This is going to sound horrible. Please keep in mind he is a good man who became addicted to alcohol and drugs. :(
He had a physical altercation with a man outside of a Walmart store and was arrested, the man was also a customer at Walmart--just as he was. The newspaper printed that he "assaulted a Walmart clerk who was trying to stop him from leaving the store with stolen merchandise" THAT did not happen and would be easily proven as false as it is not the truth and undocumented. I'm not even sure where it came from.
Another article says that I called the police when I noticed my jewelry missing. That is also untrue. I called the police because I noticed he was high and that is absolutely unacceptable in our home and he and I agreed that I would call if ever I believed he was high. I did mention that I thought I had a watch missing, but that is not why I called.
The 2 articles make him sound like a theif...he is not. Being an addict (I am also a former addictions counselor) is a difficult things to overcome....adding the stigma of a theif in print (when it is UNTRUE) is cruel for someone who is working to repair their life. There should be repercussion for this.
What kind of damages are recovered for a case like this from a small local paper, are you able to offer a ball park figure?
Again thank you. Your previous answer was very helpful. I was not aware of the statute of limitations on libel action.
Can I ask why you would suggest an attorney in the town where the paper is?
We were thinking of using his family's attorney who is prominent in a larger city where he is now living. I just wonder if it is advantageous with reason to use a local lawyer. I have worked in this community for many years and its a local good ol' boy kind of town.... WIth a couple of attorneys I know well who are always willing to go up against them.
So in your opinion....why a local lawyer?
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