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Talk Radio Host's Remarks Ruled 'Caustic' Opinion
New York Law Journal ^ | May 8, 2012 | By John Caher

Posted on 05/07/2012 7:41:07 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines

A radio talk host who asked a woman whose brother had been acquitted of criminally negligent homicide how it felt to have a "cold-blooded murderer" as a sibling is immune from a defamation suit because his remarks were "obviously intended to be caustic and confrontational, rather than factual," the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, has held in Gisel v. Clear Channel Communications, 11-01968.

The panel concluded that Rochester-area talk show host Robert Lonsberry's statements were "nonactionable expressions of pure opinion."

The dispute involved a conversation that Lonsberry had on air with a woman whose brother was found not guilty of a homicide charge brought in connection with a hunting accident. Lonsberry opined that the incident could not have been an accident and asked the woman whether her brother "put a notch in the stock of his gun as he kills people."

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: New York
KEYWORDS: amendment; bob; first; lonsberry
Good for Bob.
1 posted on 05/07/2012 7:41:14 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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good for a gungrabbing lying liberal? I hope she told him off equally caustically.

2 posted on 05/07/2012 7:46:03 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Bob Lonsberry a gun grabbing liberal? He used to work for NRA news.

3 posted on 05/07/2012 7:53:11 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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