Blogger contests ex-NFL cheerleader’s libel suit against him
A website operator is defending himself against a defamation lawsuit by arguing that a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader who slept with her underage student is a public figure.
Nik Richie, of Orange County, Calif., is being sued over two posts in 2009 on his website thedirty.com about former Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones.
Richie testified in a northern Kentucky courtroom Wednesday that Jones’s appearances on national television and at community events made her a public figure. Public figures trying prove defamation have a higher burden than those who aren’t in the public eye.
The posts in question weren’t related to her relationship with the teen. Jones pleaded guilty in October to having sex with the teen and avoided jail time. The two are still together.
She is seeking $11 million as part of her defamation lawsuit against Richie.
Judge to deadbeat dad: Have no more children
A northern Ohio judge has ordered a deadbeat father to avoid having more children until he can support the four he has.
The ruling Wednesday from Judge James Walther in Lorain County involves the case against 35-year-old Asim Taylor of Elyria. He owes $97,000 in back child support and pleaded guilty.
The judge’s order will be lifted if Taylor pays the overdue support.
Defense attorney Douglas Merrill says the ruling is overreaching and violates Taylor’s rights. He plans an appeal based on an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that overturned a similar order that focused on the mechanism for paying up.
The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports the judge calls the order a matter of common sense.