"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."
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: