Tuesday, June 04, 2002

Net News Burns Fish Wrap!: The AP is reporting that a federal appeals court in Richmond, VA heard arguments Monday on whether newspapers that post stories on the Internet can be sued for libel in states outside their local area. It seems that a Virginia prison warden took exception to "two Connecticut newspapers he says falsely depicted him as racist in articles about alleged mistreatment of Connecticut inmates who were sent to Virginia to relieve prison crowding" and sued them. But since they posted their articles on their web sites, he is suing in Virginia. They complain that it is a undue burden to be sued outside their (physical paper) circulation area. Hey it could be worse. How about an International Court of Libel?