Lehigh County DA settles defamation lawsuit in opposition to native blogger

Lehigh County District Legal professional Jim Martin mentioned Friday he has settled a defamation lawsuit in opposition to a neighborhood blogger that Martin had filed again in 2015.

The trial ensuing from the lawsuit had been scheduled for Could 16. Martin mentioned he had no different feedback at the moment.

Martin contended within the lawsuit that Lehigh Valley blogger Invoice “Villa’s false and defamatory statements, innuendo and implications relating to Martin had been printed with precise malice on WAEB, Villa’s Web weblog and Fb website, and on YouTube.”

Within the swimsuit, Martin claimed “from 2006 to the current, Villa has held a private animus towards him” and has declared his intention to “dethrone,” “destroy,” “expose” and “blow Jim Martin out of the water.”

In line with the swimsuit, in 2006-2007 the D.A.’s workplace prosecuted Robert LaBarre for a crash that brought about the demise of Villa’s daughter Sheena. LaBarre was discovered responsible of murder by car whereas driving underneath the affect.

The swimsuit contends that Villa thought LaBarre ought to have been charged with homicide of the third diploma and disagreed with the district lawyer’s choice to not cost LaBarre with that crime.

On the time the swimsuit was filed, Villa mentioned Martin had been attempting to “silence my free speech.”

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