Originally published: October 14, 2010
Last updated: October 14, 2010 - 11:52am
Yonkers (NY) Mayor Philip Amicone, who had news racks and copies of the Westchester Guardian seized after the paper ran stories critical of him, was hit with an $8 million verdict in federal court.
A federal jury ruled the Guardian didn't defame Amicone when it ran a story on the eve of the 2007 mayoral election that said Amicone frequented gentlemen's clubs and had gotten a lap dance. The paper's owner, Sam Zherka, also owns the strip club where Amicone allegedly got the personal dance. He called the verdict a triumph for the First Amendment. "I'm humbled and grateful to this jury for their diligence in performing their duty and their respect for the First Amendment." Former Guardian Editor Richard Blassberg and other plaintiffs in the case claimed the mayor had denied them their First Amendment right to free expression by confiscating the newspapers and news racks in the summer of 2007. The lawsuits maintained the Guardian's news racks were picked up by city public works employees, and police officers began ticketing Guardian employees who were handing out the paper on city streets.
- You're Gone. But Hey, You Can Reapply.
- Apple wins $1 billion victory over Samsung
- Authorities raid office of blogger who posted info on iPhone prototype
- US argues it shouldn't have to give Megaupload user his legit files
- Apple fails in new Samsung court bid
- Chinese Newspaper Protests End, but Battle Over Censorship Is Unresolved
- As Papers Struggle, News Is Cut and the Focus Turns Local
- Tentative Deal Reported in Chinese Censorship Dispute
- Chicago 'Hoy' Ends Home Delivery
- One incumbent takes it to the bank, another takes it to court. Who's the big winner?
- News Corp questioned over circulation numbers
- Deal Keeps Alive Bay Area Papers 'Headed for Graveyard'
- Vonage seeking review of Verizon patent verdict
- NYT’s Jill Abramson: Social media was biggest difference between Boston and 9/11
- Samsung lawyers file copy of Apple patent settlement with HTC