An affidavit from the yard sale lady is the best first step. Because he is on probation, an attorney is also the next thing he needs to do before appearing in court. The attorney will be able to get a look at the video to see if it is even close. Before he has a suit for defamation/slander, he will have to first clear up the summons matter and then he would have to prove the store manager knew he was making a false statement when he did this in the store. IF you can do both of these things, then your boyfriend would have a claim for defamation per se, since he was accused falsely of being a thief. However, one thing at a time, he has to clear up the criminal matter and then he has to show the manager knew he was not the right person when he made these false allegations.
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