Libel and privacy in brief





Student paper faces $800,000 defamation lawsuitVIRGINIA -- A student newspaper is being sued for $800,000 on allegations that the paper published defamatory statements last year about a rape victim. The complaint was filed April 11 in a state trial court against five current and former staff members at The Remnant, a student newspaper at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. The woman suing the newspaper was a victim of rape while visiting the College of William and Mary, according to the complaint.During the months of April and May 2005, The Remnant published statements about the woman ''knowing that the statements were false'' and made ''with reckless disregard,'' the complaint said.The woman reported she was raped at a campus party in 2003 when she was 16 years old, according to an article in the Daily Press, a local newspaper. The complaint alleges that, two years later, the paper published a statement indicating the woman was a ''wannabe victim,'' a ''con artist'' and that she was a liar. Despite arrest, defamation charges never filedWISCONSIN


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