Friday, June 11, 2004

What they neglect to tell you 

The libel case against SCSU and MnSCU by former dean Richard Lewis Judge dismissed by the judge. According to the original story in the St. Cloud Times (which won't be available by the time you read this), Lewis' lawyer showed many connections between the paper and the university, but the judge found that the university did not exert editorial control.

The most disturbing part of the article is that it fails to tell that the article itself regarding Lewis was retracted.

As I had speculated earlier, it seemed to me that the university had a defense of respondeat superior, though Marie disagreed with me on this. The plaintiffs may appeal. Regardless, the fact that the newspapers are now reporting this case without any concern for the fact that the initial story was fallacious and irresponsible is to me further proof that the libel claim has merit. It's simply a question of who will pay.