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FL: Lawsuit over ‘defamatory’ ECSO billboard dismissed

A man who claims he was falsely labeled as a sexual predator on a law enforcement billboard had his defamation lawsuit thrown out Monday. Full Article

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  1. AlexO

    I… I don’t… Wtf?

    • TS

      Should have sued them as individual people not in their official capacity because then they would not found any sovereign immunity to help them. It would have forced them to say they said it in their official capacity and really got the community all up in arms about what government employees can say in their official capacity about people.

      Note the article said government employees, which means anybody who is employed by any sort of governmental entity can say anything about anyone in their official capacity is how the article is written.

      Sovereign immunity may not necessarily work like that because it only extends to those elected or appointed government officials and not everyone???

  2. New Person

    From the article:
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    A 2002 review of sovereign immunity by the Florida Senate found the policy “Eliminates a chilling effect on law enforcement officials who might be less willing to investigate, pursue, and arrest criminals if errors could result in liability.”
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    So police officers can make mistakes and do not have to carry any penalties from such mistakes. Putting a billboard up is quite a malicious act. I doubt we will be seeing pictures of the entire police department up on a billboard stating, “Opps. We made a mistake. We’re sorry, Mr. Cobb.”

    This gives precedent that the police can continue to make more blatant mistakes. In the article, it states there are exceptions for not dismissing a suit, and one of them was if it were malicious. They put a billboard up! You realize how many people had not done their jobs for that to get put up?! That isn’t a simple mistake.

    I hope Mr. Cobb appeals.

  3. PK

    “He now is serving a seven-year sentence at the Bay Correctional Facility for the three counts, and has been in prison since October 2014.”

    Remind me to never live in Florida, or most states in the United States for that matter.

  4. American Detained in America

    Obviously, the police in Florida can get away with doing anything they choose, as evidenced by their refusal to allow RC’s shelter from the Hurricane Irma earlier this year.

  5. Not Really

    Another case of bad facts make bad law.

  6. totally against public registry

    Serving a 7-year jail sentence for not registering? Maybe a small fine like $50 not going back to prison….

    I agree with another comment about never living or visiting Florida..fheww

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