Miranda v. Sykes

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Lawsuit

Date: 

01/03/2005

Status: 

Concluded

Location: 

Wisconsin

Disposition: 

Settled (total)

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

$5,000.00
Charlie Sykes, a talk radio host and blogger for WTMJ-AM(620) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, wrote an essay on his blog that criticized Robert Miranda, editor of the Spanish Journal. According to press accounts of the dispute, Sykes alleged that... read full description
Parties

Party Issuing Legal Threat: 

Robert Miranda

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Charlie Sykes

Type of Party: 

Individual

Type of Party: 

Individual

Location of Party: 

  • Wisconsin

Location of Party: 

  • Wisconsin

Legal Counsel: 

Robert Dreps
Description

Charlie Sykes, a talk radio host and blogger for WTMJ-AM(620) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, wrote an essay on his blog that criticized Robert Miranda, editor of the Spanish Journal. According to press accounts of the dispute, Sykes alleged that Miranda had in October 1991 been "one of the organizers of what became a violent shout-down, during which coins, hard candy and ice cubes were thrown at [conservative radio host Mark Belling] during a Pro-America rally at [the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee]." Sykes based his statement on an email he received from a listener. When he learned that the e-mail contained factual errors, he removed the posting from his blog within hours on November 12, 2004. Nevertheless, the posting was still available through Internet searches several months later.

On January 3, 2005, Robert Miranda sued Sykes in small claims court for libel, claiming that the posting was false and misleading. Sykes' employer, Journal Communications, offered a $5,000 college scholarship as a settlement ($5,000 is the maximum available award in small claims court) and the case settled just prior to trial. The scholarship is to be awarded to a South Division High School student who wants to study journalism.

Details

Content Type: 

  • Text

Publication Medium: 

Blog

Subject Area: 

  • Defamation
Court Information & Documents

Jurisdiction: 

  • Wisconsin

Source of Law: 

  • Wisconsin

Court Name: 

Wisconsin Small Claims Court, Milwaukee County

Court Type: 

State