Osage ‘Press-News’ May Face Libel Suit

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By: The Associated Press

(AP) The Mitchell County Board of Supervisors has instructed its attorney to research a potential libel lawsuit against the Osage newspaper.

The supervisors went into closed session Tuesday upon the advice of County Attorney Mark Walk and re-opened their regular meeting about five minutes later.

Chairman Joel Voaklander said the board would ask Walk to research “possible litigation” against the Press-News and its editor, David Namanny.

In response to a question from the audience, county officials revealed their anger over a column written by Namanny published Aug. 11.

The column about property tax increases opens with the line: “Looks like it’s time to get out the pitchforks and head over to the county courthouse” but later said he was joking.

Namanny says the column was intended to show how policy makers in Washington, D.C., and the statehouse were actually behind the tax increases.

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