South Carolina Biweekly Loses Libel Case

june 15, 2009  12:34 pm
A 12-member jury ruled earlier this month that the Columbia City Paper libeled a local attorney in a 2007 article, and awarded her $40,000 in damages. The suit named as defendants City Paper's two co-owners, publisher Paul Blake and editor-in-chief Todd Morehead, as well as the publication itself. Blake tells Columbia Free Times they will "definitely" appeal the jury decision. "We're pretty confident the First Amendment will prevail," he says.