News & Observer ordered to pay $6 million in libel case
Posted October 21, 2016
Raleigh, N.C. — The News and Observer was ordered to pay roughly 6 million dollars to a State Bureau of Investigation agent, who won a libel lawsuit against the paper.
Beth Desmond, an agent with the State Bureau of Investigation, sued after a 2010 story about her work as a forensic firearms analyst was published.
Statements questioned her analysis and she testified the article caused post-traumatic stress.
The News and Observer defended its story and said it plans to appeal.