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Monday, June 10, 2013

Two Men First Identified as "Possible Suspects" In Boston Marathon Bombing Suing New York Post For Defamation

Two young men whose photographs were published in the New York Post and identified as "possible suspects" being sought by police in the Boston Marathon bombing are now suing the paper for defamation and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Salaheddin Barhoum and Yassine Zaimi say the newspaper's negligence in identifying them caused them to fear that others might do them physical harm, given the magnitude of the event. The Post has issued a statement that reads: "We stand by our story. The image was emailed to law enforcement agencies yesterday afternoon seeking information about these men, as our story reported. We did not identify them as suspects." Read the complaint here.

More here from the National Law Journal, here from the Washington Post. Commentary and links to the original story here from the Huffington Post.

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