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Tort – Defamation – Public Official – Navy PR Officer

A Norfolk Circuit Court holds that plaintiff, a Navy lieutenant commander and public affairs officer for an aircraft carrier, is a “public official” who must show actual malice to sue The Virginian-Pilot for defamation based on an editorial that cited plaintiff’s anti-Semitic views and activities.
Sharpe v. Landmark Communications Inc. (Norfolk Cir.Ct.) (VLW 009-8-082) (18 pp.)

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