Judge tosses libel suit by former GOP candidate for governor

A Henry County Superior Court judge has thrown out a libel suit filed by former Republican candidate for governor Ray McBerry against the mother of a 16-year-old with whom Berry had an affair while he was a high school teacher.

Here’s the order by Judge William Ison.

Before McBerry jumped into politics, the student’s mother, Linda Pittman, successfully lobbied to have his teaching license suspended. During the 2010 campaign, she referred to him as a “child molester” on her Facebook page.

In arguments made earlier this month, John Rains, Pittman’s attorney, argued that, as a political speech, such language was protected by the First Amendment.

Pittman’s attorney also argued that, given McBerry’s low reputation in the community, the former candidate for governor qualified as a “libel-proof plaintiff.”

Berry also filed suit against the southwest Georgia writers of a now-defunct political blog. It’s not clear what impact the judge’s ruling has on them.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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10 comments Add your comment

Mike

March 26th, 2012
6:31 pm

child mollester sues becuase he was called a child mollester.

Aquagirl

March 26th, 2012
7:09 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHA! A two sentence dismissal probably doesn’t bode well for McCreepy’s other lawsuit. Which is kind of unfortunate. A good lawyer would keep this clown on the stand for hours, testifying about his clandestine mutterings to a teenage girl. Why anyone would want to do that as a PLAINTIFF is beyond normal human comprehension. He ought to thank the judge for saving his clueless brain from a courtroom roast.

Tom

March 26th, 2012
7:42 pm

Hope the judge awarded her a free cell phone and a new puppy.

McBerry voter

March 26th, 2012
9:51 pm

Of course ignored in all of this was the fact that the charges were against McBerry were false.

ld

March 26th, 2012
10:29 pm

What kind of idiot draws even more attention to his having been labeled a “child molester” by filing lawsuits?

We dodged a bullet not electing this jerk for anything.

Edward Ruffin

March 27th, 2012
6:58 am

Where’s the evidence, and why no charges?

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Tom

March 27th, 2012
8:06 am

Jeff

March 27th, 2012
10:47 am

Aqua:

But paying for a lawyer sucks when you could be spending your money on things OTHER than defending yourself from a no-name never-was.

Rob

March 27th, 2012
5:47 pm

Well, as my journalism classes taught me, “Truth is a valid defense for libel.”

So, McBerry defenders: You’re saying he did NOT have an affair with a teen-aged girl?