Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Boston Lawyer Wins Libel Case for Former V.I. Judge

A former Superior Court judge in the U.S. Virgin Islands won a $240,000 libel verdict this week against the Virgin Islands Daily News. The former judge, Leon Kendall, was represented in the lawsuit by Howard Cooper, the Boston lawyer who in 2005 won a $2.1 million verdict against The Boston Herald for former Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Ernest Murphy.

According to a report today in The Daily News, the jury on St. Thomas returned the verdict Tuesday. Jurors found that the newspaper and one of its reporters damaged Kendall's reputation through a series of 16 news stories and an editorial published from 2005 to 2009.

The stories related to Kendall's work as a judge and bail rulings he made. The editorial called for his resignation. Kendall retired from the bench last year.

The Daily News says it will appeal the verdict.

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