A Libel Case with Odd Twists Begins
Fitzgerald, Mark, Editor & Publisher
The $30 million libel suit former Dallas Times Herald reporter Jack Taylor is bringing against former Oklahoma University football coach Barry Switzer continues to create odd journalistic clashes.
Most recently, a First Amendment attorney for Hearst Corp.--owner of the publishing house being sued and publisher of a dozen daily newspapers--asked for a contempt-of-court judgment against a second, and unemployed, newspaper reporter who is appealing an order to hand over notes.
Just as quickly as the contempt charge against former Times Herald sportswriter Dan Langendorf was requested, however, it was withdrawn, according to Langendorf's attorney, Chip Babcock.
Trial in the libel suit began Feb. 25. With the contempt-of-court appeals process there is a strong possibility that …
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Publication information: Article title: A Libel Case with Odd Twists Begins. Contributors: Fitzgerald, Mark - Author. Magazine title: Editor & Publisher. Volume: 125. Issue: 10 Publication date: March 7, 1992. Page number: 15+. © 2002 Editor & Publisher. COPYRIGHT 1992 Gale Group.
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