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WTVF Files Motion to Dismiss Judge’s Libel Lawsuit

Nashville’s WTVF and its star investigative reporter Phil Williams have filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against them by a local judge, who is accusing the station of making libelous statements about him in stories that ran over the past year.

The motion, filed this week in a Tennessee circuit court (the memorandum in support of the motion is embedded after the jump), states that the stories at issue “do not contain any false and defamatory statements” concerning Judge Dan Eisenstein (above, left) and therefore the lawsuit should be dismissed.

The stories at issue concern a possible ethics investigation involving the judge last summer, and his involvement with a man who was performing psychological treatment services for mentally ill defendants despite the fact that he was not a licensed psychologist. Read more

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Judge Sues WTVF Investigative Reporter Over ‘Retaliatory’ Story

A Nashville judge is suing WTVF’s Phil Williams, alleging that the veteran investigative reporter conjured up a negative story about him after the judge failed to dismiss a parking ticket that Williams had received.

Judge Daniel B. Eisenstein is accusing WTVF of running “false and libelous” stories about him last year, including one that intimated that he was the target of an ethics investigation.

According to the lawsuit, Williams received two parking tickets one day in May 2010 while parked outside of police headquarters. Williams had parked in a media parking space and, when police later realized that he was there working on a story, a police captain wrote a letter to the Traffic Violation Bureau asking that one of the tickets be dismissed.

Eisenstein decided not to dismiss the ticket and Williams ended up paying both of them. Less than a month after Eisenstein’s decision, Williams produced an investigative report that floated the question of whether the judge was under an ethics investigation. Read more