Scott v. Beck Round 2

I’m not going to go into any detail or comment much on the latest decision rejecting the Argus Leader‘s efforts to dismiss Dan Scott’s libel suit against it and executive editor Randell Beck. (The opinion is available in PDF format here thanks to PP.) Suffice it to say that the written opinion reflects comments I […]

My (slowly thawing) thoughts exactly

The hectic nature of the last couple weeks combined with the frigid temperatures to turn my ambition to molasses. PP eliminated any doubt of that with a post last night that echoed exactly what I thought but was too lazy to research and write a post about. Simply summarized, it seems Argus Exec Editor Randell […]

Sad news of an old friend

It’s one of those things that leaves a horrible feeling in your gut. This afternoon, my RSS reader popped up a South Dakota media blog post that Ron Bender of Rapid City was killed Monday in a hit-and-run accident in Gaithersburg, Md.

Ron and his wife, Muriel Shepard, were at the Rapid City Journal […]

Legal reflections on the Argus libel suit

The chance, however small, that our law firm might somehow become involved in the defamation lawsuit Dan Scott started this week against the Argus Leader and its editor, Randell Beck, demands circumspection. Thus, I won’t discuss or assess the merits of any allegations, the personalities or my personal views. Still, informed public discussion requires some […]

Voices v. Vilhauer (or life in a Gannett newspaper town)

Prudence would dictate staying out of this but it’s kind of like when the big kid is beating up the little kid. Even though you know you’ll probably get thrashed too, something compels you to open your mouth or intervene. Okay, so this is really blogger v. blogger but one is your typical personal blog […]