Thursday, January 20, 2005

Opening statements heard in editor's trial

In Cambridge, Mass., yesterday, a lawyer for a Stoneham attorney told a Middlesex County jury that a 1999 Boston Globe story libeled his client by falsely suggesting that the man used political connections to get a house built for him for free by vocational high school students, the Boston Globe reports. The report continues:
"Stephen H. Columbus's lawyer said in his opening statement that the front-page Sunday story by Walter V. Robinson, now the editor of the Globe's Spotlight Team, represented a 'big myth' and 'twisted facts.' ... But a lawyer defending the Globe in the lawsuit, Jonathan M. Albano, denied that the article defamed Columbus, 43, and said the substance of the story was true."

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