By: Mark Fitzgerald
University President Says Reports Of Faked Credits False
CHICAGO – Claiming he had been defamed by The State
Journal’s reporting of charges he faked some of his academic
credentials, the president of Kentucky State University filed a
lawsuit against the 8,504-circulation Frankfort daily Dec. 4.
“We are suing because The State Journal defamed Dr.
[Frank] Reid by publishing defamatory information from a report
that was prepared by a disgruntled professor … which has been
proven to be false and defamatory,” Reid’s attorney, Thomas E.
Clay, said in a telephone interview.
The State Journal said it would be asking for a quick
dismissal of the libel and defamation action. “Based upon our
inspection of the lawsuit, we see there is no merit to it at all,
and we will fight it strenuously,” said the paper’s attorney,
Kimberly K. Greene.
In October, the Journal published information from the
report – alleging Reid took credit he did not deserve for
some academic papers when he was at the University of Cincinnati
– that it obtained through an open-records request as part
of its coverage of controversy over Reid’s credentials.
Mark Fitzgerald (firstname.lastname@example.org)
is editor at large for E&P.
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