Iowa Democrats liable for defamation

November 4, 2011

The Omaha World-Herald reports that an Iowa jury has found the state’s Democratic Party liable for defamation for sending a pamphlet containing an erroneous report that a Republican challenger had bailed out a convicted sex offender.  The jury awarded $50,000 in damages.

The defamation plaintiff’s lawyer said his client had been charged but never convicted of a sexual-related offense.

The state’s Democratic Party told the newspaper:  “The Iowa Democratic Party relied on research, which was obtained and vetted by an independent firm. Unfortunately, the firm provided inaccurate information concerning the type of criminal conviction. We are currently seeking compensation from this research firm to cover the costs of this case.”

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