Skip to comments.Jury awards $231,000 in damages to (Iowa) state senator in libel, slander case
Posted on 04/07/2012 2:16:59 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa
A jury late this afternoon awarded a state senator from Sioux City $231,000 in damages after finding his 2010 opponent and the Iowa Democratic Party committed libel and slander against him.
Republican Senator Rick Bertrand of Sioux City objected to a 2010 TV ad which claimed Bertrands company had been singled out by the FDA for the marketing of dangerous drugs to children.
This is how you change the face of American politics, its by standing up to the political party machine, Bertrand said this evening during a telephone interview with Radio Iowa. This is how it works. Bertrand, who used to work for a pharmaceutical company, said he never sold the controversial pediatric drug that was mentioned in the ad. This was about truth versus lies, Bertrand said.
Jeana Goosmann, Bertrands attorney, issued a written statement, arguing this case has national significance because the jury held the political party liable for false personal attacks against a political candidate. Bertrand said he hopes the case does something to reduce the slime thats spread in some campaign ads no matter what party is doing it. This wasnt about, you know, stretching the truth or angles, Bertrand said this evening. It was basically saying lies to assassinate a character to win votes.
A top official with the Iowa Democratic Party declined to comment on the case.
The jury ordered Bertrands 2010 Democratic opponent to pay Bertrand $31,000 and the Iowa Democratic Party to pay $200,000 in damages.
Someone tell that to Illinois Democrats.
Someone should tell that to Illinois Democrats.
...especially the alien muslim communist one who has sneaked into the white hut...
Fixed it for ya.
I have a problem with 10c but the rest 10 seems like good common sense. However, he was stupid for publicly stating it.
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