Tuesday, July 02, 2019
TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! KANSAS CITY STAR STAYS WINNING AGAINST STATE SEN. DENNING LAWSUIT!!! STEVE ROSE VINDICATION COMING SOON?!?!
Actually, I figured they would just settle the complaint and agree to part as enemies. This outcome is nothing less than an outright legal SMACKDOWN against the Kansas Republican leader and rips his arguments to shreds.
Like it or not, and no matter which side of the political aisle gentle readers might fall. This is a victory for FREE SPEECH given that the judge seems to say that disagreement over the minor deets of column didn't merit the legal beef.
Here's the round-up that's mostly just recycled stuff our blog community has already picked apart.
KCUR: Judge Throws Out Kansas Senator’s Defamation Suit Against Kansas City Star
A Johnson County judge on Tuesday tossed a defamation lawsuit brought by Kansas Sen. Majority Leader Jim Denning against The Kansas City Star, finding Denning failed to prove malice.
Judge Paul Gurney also ordered Denning to pay the newspaper’s attorney fees, which could run as high as $40,000.
Gurney ruled that Denning had not met the requirements of the Kansas Speech Protection Act, which is designed to end meritless lawsuits that target the exercise of free speech. Gurney found The Star was not driven by ill will or evil intent when it published a column by Steve Rose in January criticizing Denning’s opposition to Medicaid expansion . . .
Now . . .
Our blog community expects that Steve Rose is next to enjoy COURT SATISFACTION but we'll wait until the ruling to talk about how this JOCO Republican was unfairly rebuked as the impact of the Prez Trump era creates a divide among Kansas Conservatives deeper than the aftermath of any fracking quake.
We can talk Red State history till we're blue in the face but the fact is, if Sunflower State Republicans consistently lose Johnson County, then eventually they'll lose Kansas.
In the meantime, we offer a moment of respite to realize that we were on the right side of history with this one and give our blog community another chance to correct their expert barrister perspective.
Developing . . .