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November 22, 2011 | BY JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com 215-854-5916
WHEN controversial radio host Tarsha "Jonesy" Jones "likes" a business that advertises with Power 99, her listeners trust her "because Miss Jones doesn't hold her tongue," the station says. There's a flip-side to that, one local businesswoman found, and she says that it resulted in her getting death threats, broken windows and a tarnished reputation. In a defamation suit filed in Common Pleas Court yesterday, Tracey Parson said that families pulled their children out of the four Kiddie Kare day-care centers she owns in the city, almost immediately after callers to the "Jonesy in the Morning" show misidentifed her as a mother who had beaten up teenage girls.
NEWS
August 2, 2011
WE PART ways with columnist Stu Bykofsky on Secure Communities, the program that requires local law enforcement to share with Immigration fingerprints of individuals following arrest ( July 14, "Council's ICE Resolution Makes My Head Spin. " ) The program carries the risk of undermining the work of local law enforcement with immigrant communities and their ability to fight crime, including hate crime. Relationships between well-meaning people and law enforcement are the building blocks for communities based on safety and respect.
NEWS
July 23, 2011 | By PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
More than a year after calling celebrity fight promoter Damon Feldman a "sleaze" during an interview with Fox 29, local Fraternal Order of Police president John McNesby is being sued for defamation. It all started with a celebrity boxing match Feldman was promoting in April 2010. Feldman said the match was to honor Officer John Pawlowski, who was killed in the line of duty in February 2009. But Pawlowski's family wasn't notified and they didn't want his name associated with the event.
NEWS
June 2, 2011 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Lower Merion High School graduate whose former science teacher was fired after she told administrators that they had an affair while she was a student has asked a judge to throw out the teacher's defamation lawsuit against her. Jenna Addis, 26, contends that the Lower Merion School District is a "quasi-judicial entity" under state law and that her allegations against Robert Schanne, 46, should be exempt from libel and slander claims, as civil...
NEWS
April 8, 2011 | By Kristin E. Holmes and Gustavo Solis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
S WILMINGTON - A tenured professor fighting to keep his job at Widener University School of Law in Wilmington has sued the dean for allegedly making defamatory statements in an effort to fire the instructor. Lawrence J. Connell, an associate professor at the school, has accused dean Linda L. Ammons of intentionally making false statements that characterize Connell as a racist and sexist in administrative proceedings to oust the professor. Attorneys for Connell said the suit was filed Friday in Delaware Superior Court.
NEWS
January 28, 2011 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal judge in Philadelphia has dismissed a claim by Carl R. Greene, the ousted executive director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, that he had been defamed by the PHA chairman, former Mayor John F. Street. Street had described Greene to the press and PHA board as a "serial sexual harasser. " But in a decision issued Jan. 20, U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter said Street, as PHA's chairman, was a "high public official" who had immunity. The judge also dismissed Greene's assertion that his employment contract amounted to a property interest, and that he had been denied his due process to defend it. But Buckwalter signaled that Greene might have a claim regarding his due process to protect his reputation.
NEWS
March 24, 2010 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Avoiding a potentially ugly spectacle, Oprah Winfrey yesterday settled a defamation suit filed against her that was scheduled for trial in Philadelphia next week. The billionaire talk-show mogul was sued by Lerato Nomvuyo Mzamane, who was the headmistress of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa until allegations in October 2007 that a dormitory matron sexually assaulted six girls. Winfrey and Mzamane met privately in Chicago yesterday and agreed to settle the case, according to two people with knowledge of the meeting.
NEWS
January 14, 2010 | By Jeff Shields INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Common Pleas Court jury is expected to begin deliberations today on whether a vitriolic leaflet campaign against City Councilman Jack Kelly and "the homosexual agenda" in 2007 was defamatory. Testimony wrapped up yesterday in the civil trial of 80-year-old Paul D. Corbett, sued by Kelly over his guerrilla-style campaign attacks that each side says nearly cost the Republican councilman his at-large seat in the 2007 general election. Corbett spread fliers in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 election to force Kelly to change his May 2007 vote to end a dollar-a-year lease agreement between the city and the Boy Scouts' Cradle of Liberty Council that dates back to 1928.
NEWS
January 14, 2010 | By CHRIS BRENNAN, brennac@phillynews.com 215-854-5973
Paul Corbett, the man who accused City Councilman Jack Kelly in a 2007 flyer of "voting with the homosexual lobby" to "promote sodomy to our youth," told a jury yesterday that he was trying to protect Boy Scouts. Corbett, who is being sued by Kelly for defamation, said that he was angered after City Council voted in 2007 to force the local Boy Scouts chapter to move its headquarters off city-owned land unless the group stopped violating the city's anti-discrimination law by banning homosexuals.
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