Judge throws out defamation suit…

(from TampaBay.com) – A defamation lawsuit filed last year by a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputy against the owner of St. Petersburg CBS affiliate WTSP-Ch. 10 and reporter Mike Deeson has ended with a summary judgment favoring Deeson and the station.

Back in 2009, Cpl. Steven Dickey sued Gannett Co. and Deeson, saying the reporter selectively edited video to make it appear the officer was laughing at quadriplegic jail inmate Brian Sterner when he was dumped from a wheelchair. His action contended WTSP’s story on the incident drew the officer unfairly into the controversy and led to global ridicule when the footage became a viral sensation on the Internet….Cont….

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