Boston Phoenix Libel Suit Returns to Court Today

march 29, 2007  02:36 pm
In Dec. 2004, a jury awarded $950,000 to Maryland prosecutor Marc Mandel in a libel suit against the Boston alt-weekly. Twenty months later, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit overturned that ruling and ordered a new trial, which gets its first hearing before a judge today, the Boston Herald reports. Former staff writer Kristen Lombardi, editor Susan Ryan-Vollmar and attorneys for the Phoenix will argue that Mandel was a public figure.