News & Observer ordered to pay $6 million in libel case

Posted October 21, 2016

— 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.


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  • Barney Gravel Oct 23, 2016
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    Of the politics of personal destruction, the media is the gasoline on the fire. The N & O has always been a main participant. It is up to us to stop this, by not rewarding their advertisers by shopping with them. Remember evil exists when good men do nothing.

  • Kenneth Jones Oct 22, 2016
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    Oh how the media hates it when they are held accountable. You may think you are untouchable because of your media credentials but this has been proven wrong. Why not cover this story in detail? What did the news and observer report on this SBI agent? I will look up the story like always to find the truth buried somewhere I'm sure.

  • Alfred Barnes Oct 21, 2016
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    Can't decide which I despise more, nando or state employees. Would it be possible to make nando pay and the state employee donate it all to my favorite charity, me?

  • Mike Morin Oct 21, 2016
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    Great news. Pay up arrogant, corrupt, liberal rag.

  • Lisa Lisa Oct 21, 2016
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    Please show me a job where your performance cannot be questioned. Ever.

  • Lisa Lisa Oct 21, 2016
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    Am I the only one sick of all the whining? Let me be cautious. I don't want to be sued for 6million for expressing myself. I am going to look up the story. I'm sure that if someone wrote about her and questioned her work it was for good reason.

  • Paul Hayeze Oct 21, 2016
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    "she testified the article caused post-traumatic stress"....Wow that is one tough SBI Agent...(roll eyes)...