I am the President of a union representing about 1500 workers in Cleveland, Ohio. I was falsely accused and charged with embezzlement
and misappropriation of union funds. This allegation was made by another union officer who knew the charges were false when she filed them; however, she was angry with me for another decision I had made relevant to expelling a number of officers who violated our attendance policy
. She filed these charges internally with our international office. I was found innocent or not guilty of these charges; however, during the interim she also told a number of other union members that I was a thief and she was going to prove it and filed additional charges against me. I filed a lawsuit against her for liable, slander, and defamation
of character in Cleveland, Ohio Municipal Court. I filed these charges pro se and we have had several hearings. In out last hearing the judge asked that I cite some cases related to liable, slander and defamation of character in Ohio. Please note, I have already looked up the elements relevant to liable, slander, and defamation of character and my case meets those elements. Consequently, can you help me by citing some relevant cases with regard to liable and slander and damages. My actual damages are around $1000 due to the fact that I had to travel to Chicago to defend myself with regard to the charges and purchased transcripts of the original case since she appealed the original non guilty findings by our union. Thank you.
Louis D. Brown III
President AFSCME Local 100