Pa. Paper Fined For ‘Harrassing’ Delivery

By: Mark Fitzgerald

A Pennsylvania district court judge fined the Times Leader $150 for “harassment” last week because the Wilkes-Barre daily failed to stop delivery of its total-market-coverage product, Expressline, to a local woman’s home.

However, the judge dismissed a private criminal complaint of “defiant trespass” that the local woman, Tina McCarthy, had filed against the paper’s vice president of circulation, Susan Kahlau. The private criminal complaint was believed to be an unprecedented tactic in protesting delivery of an unsolicited newspaper.

In a Times Leader article, President and Publisher Patrick McHugh said the paper would appeal the fine.

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