Terre Haute Paper Must Pay $1.5 In Defamation Suit

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A Terre Haute newspaper has been ordered to pay $1.5 million by a jury which found that a sheriff’s deputy was defamed by stories it published.

Clay County Sheriff’s deputy Jeff Maynard sued the Tribune-Star in 2004 over two articles published that year contained allegations against him that he said were “false and defamatory.”

In 1 of the stories, a Clay City woman accused Maynard of misconduct following a traffic stop. The newspaper later reported that Maynard had been cleared of wrongdoing and the woman was charged with false reporting.

Tribune-Star publisher Jeremiah Turner says he’s disappointed with the jury’s decision and will consider appealing the ruling.

Maynard’s lawyer says his client is happy with the decision. Maynard has since been promoted to detective.

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