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Monday, October 16, 2006

Former NBA Player Sues Chicago Tribune, Other Media, for Defamation Over Mistaken Identification

Former NBA player and current TV commentator Eddie Johnson has sued the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets for mistakenly identifying him as the man involved in an assault on a eight year old girl in Ocala, Florida in August of this year. The Eddie Johnson arrested in that case is also a former NBA player. The Associated Press got the story right, but the Trib and other outlets made an error, and the Mr. Johnson who is not under arrest is now suing. David Fish has blogged the story and provides a link to the complaint at the Litigation Blog here.

[Thanks to David for the heads up.]

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