DEFAMED? DEFANGED? FALWELL DROPS DEFAMATION CLAIM
Lawyers for Jerry Falwell notified Lynchburg Circuit Court that their client will not pursue his claim the school damaged his reputation by repeating what he labeled as lies about his participation in an extramarital affair involving his wife and a former business partner. “I’ve decided to take a time out from my litigation against Liberty University, but I will continue to keep all options on the table for an appropriate resolution to the matter,” Falwell said.
TWO PORTSMOUTH DEPUTIES FIRED, SIX SUSPENDED AFTER INVESTIGATION; SHERIFF HAS NO COMMENT
Two Portsmouth sheriff’s deputies were fired and six were suspended following an internal investigation into “possible violations of operational policy and procedures,” a Sheriff’s Office spokesman said. He would not say which policies and procedures may have been violated or what the deputies did to be disciplined.
The spokesman continued, “The Sheriff’s Office expects only the highest degree of professionalism from its employees; the appropriate corrective action has been taken.” The suspensions range from 5-10 days. The suspended deputies are required to attend training when they return to duty. Two deputies were cleared of policy violations after the internal investigation. Two deputies were cleared following the investigation.
Should secrecy or nondisclosure be the Sheriff’s best policy?
BEDFORD COUNTY SUPERVISORS MEETING VIOLATED PANDEMIC RESTRICTIONS
Bedford County officials cited by the health department for violating the state’s pandemic restrictions said they believe they are exempt from the rules.
The notice said, “The reckless disregard for the requirements of the executive orders can, and will, unnecessarily endanger citizens of Bedford County.” It went on, “While all persons in the Commonwealth enjoy certain rights that are protected by law, all persons have a responsibility to comply with legal requirements to protect their fellow citizens.”
Replied the Bedford County Board of Supervisors chairman, “the board did not violate any rules at its last meeting. We have open meeting requirements by state law. When we are having an open meeting, state law requires that that meeting be open and that the public have an opportunity to give input.” The Bedford County administrator said the county attorney is meeting with the Virginia Department of Health regarding the issue. More direction on handling future meetings is expected following these discussions.
Nevertheless, the notice warns that “failure to ‘remedy the violations alleged’ . . . could result in enforcement action from the Bedford County Health Department, including Class 1 criminal misdemeanor charges and civil injunctive relief.
The right to infect my neighbor is protected by the First Amendment. Really?