Paper posted false police report
Started by tbraxtonbarto , Oct 02 2013 08:01 AM
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Posted 02 October 2013 - 08:01 AM
So I recently found myself in a bad situation:
I had just gotten back to town a few days before this happened, I worked my summer in Alaska on a fishing boat then took a vacation to Canada. I got home, and wanted to see one of the kids I grew up with whom I had not seen for about ten months. I had weed and we smoked, then he proceeded to drive me home. Just as we got there, we got pulled over, fairly (he blatantly ran every stop sign). The police then faked a computer problem, and brought a canine unit.
So I won't flatter you with the story, but they found multiple syringes and empty bags of heroin in this kid's car, along with a few ounces of weed and some bags of pills. I had the one bag of weed on me, and I gave it up at the very beginning. I didn't know about all of these other things he had in his car, because obviously I hadn't seen him in ten months, but the officers were really nice to me because I cooperated, and just gave me a ticket for weed (I live in Connecticut and it is decriminalized).
Yesterday, an article came out in the news paper saying that I had been arrested, ticketed, and given a court date. I had been ticketed but my name was in the article, and under the title "Pair faces drug charges after bla bla bla". So the title wasn't true, neither was the statement that I was released under a promise to appear in court. I have received many phone calls from relatives, lost my privilege to the family car, etc. It really did hurt my reputation already, but no repercussions from my job (yet).
I have no intention of suing them, but I requested today that the article be changed and the editor was rude and judgmental towards me, so I would like to know if I have any grounds to sue already, just to give her a scare into actually changing the information.
Too long; didn't read: I haven't lost my job yet because of the article but am wondering if I have grounds to threaten a lawsuit so that the press will change the article.
Posted 05 October 2013 - 01:19 AM
So far as I can see, the article did not state anything that was untrue. You were charged with a drug offense, so a headline that reads "Pair faces drug charges" is accurate. You were given a citation and were free to go, which means that you were let go with a promise to appear in court. That's how citations work. The main fall out from http://thepersonalinjurydirectory.com/blog/palm-desert-personal-injury-attorney/ the article appears to be that people are finding out you were busted for having weed. You admit you had the weed and smoked it. Thus, the harm to your reputation here seems to me to be self-inflicted: you did the drug and now you're not happy people found out about it. The paper is not obligated to correct true statements and the law isn't going to give you compensation for true statements in the paper just because your reputation gets dinged as a result.
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