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Monday, January 03, 2011

Courts - Updating: Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold and her daughter Sydney 's $50 million lawsuit against the Plain Dealer and Advance Internet

Updating a list of ILB entries from last spring, the most recent from April 8, 2010, Anthony Sowell of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Dec. 31, 2010 in a story that began:

CLEVELAND, Ohio --Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold and her daughter have dismissed their lawsuit against The Plain Dealer and its reporters and editors. The Saffolds reached a financial settlement with Advance Internet.

The judge and her daughter sued the Plain Dealer, then-Editor Susan Goldberg, Advance Internet and other affiliated companies in April. The Saffolds' suit alleged the defendants had breached a website privacy policy and defamed them by publishing stories about comments posted under the "lawmiss" and "governmentwatcher" screen names on cleveland.com, the online home of the newspaper and an affiliate of Advance Internet.

The Plain Dealer reported that numerous comments had been made on the site by someone using an account created with an e-mail address that Judge Saffold said she and her family had sometimes used. The newspaper also reported that many of the online posts commented on some of Saffold's high-profile cases, including that of accused serial killer Anthony Sowell.

Judge Saffold denied making any comments or posts about any of her cases. Her 23-year-old daughter, Sydney Saffold, a one-time law student who lives in Columbus, said she was responsible for some of the comments posted on cleveland.com under the "lawmiss" screen name.

Judge Saffold said there were significant principles at stake.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 3, 2011 10:35 AM
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