Mo. Paper Settles Libel Suit With Candidate

By: Mark Fitzgerald

The Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune has settled a libel suit brought by a losing school-board candidate who claimed an editorial cartoon on March 30, 2001, depicted him as a sexual deviate.

In addition to paying the legal fees of Henry Lane, the Daily Tribune on March 20 printed an apology for the cartoon that the paper said was intended to spoof Lane’s stance in favor of corporal punishment in schools.

According to the paper’s description, the two-frame cartoon shows a caricature of Lane saying, “I’m Henry Lane and I’m running for the school board to bring back spanking,” followed by a view depicting Lane wearing women’s underwear and high heels, holding a whip, and saying, “Not that I’m necessarily into that stuff.”

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