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Defamation Suit Waged By Statue Defender Tossed

Defendants Jalane Schmidt and Lisa Provence celebrate on the courthouse steps
Photo: ( Defendants Jalane Schmidt and Lisa Provence celebrate on the courthouse steps. Hawes Spencer)

A lawsuit that accused a Charlottesville activist, a reporter, and a newspaper of defamation was thrown out of court Monday [10/28] when a judge dismissed his complaint. Hawes Spencer has this report on the case brought by plaintiff Edward Dickinson Tayloe II. 

Transcript:

Hawes Spencer:  Mr. Tayloe was among more than a dozen plaintiffs who successfully sued the City of Charlottesville to keep some Civil War statues. But he was unsuccessful Monday when a judge ruled that his defamation lawsuit had no merit.

Lisa Provence:  "It could have created a really chilling effect had the judge ruled otherwise."

Spencer:  That was Lisa Provence, the journalist who wrote the article that mentioned that Tayloe's ancestors sent over 200 slaves on forced marches to Alabama. Tayloe claimed that the article implied that he was a racist.

In Charlottesville, Hawes Spencer for VPM News.

 

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