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Alabama Lawyer Wins $10,000 in Defamation Suit Against Prisoner Rights Radio Host

Roberta Franklin is a radio talk show host and ardent prisoners rights activist in Alabama. In the summer of 2002, while defense attorney, Susan James, was being investigated for misconduct, Franklin said James was stealing clients' money. James promptly filed a defamation suit against Franklin and WAPZ, the radio station that broadcast her show, claiming libel and invasion of privacy.

In 2003 the jury rejected the invasion of privacy claim and exonerated WAPZ. But it found Franklin guilty of libel, awarding $10,000 in damages to James. See: James v. Franklin, Alabama Circuit Court at Elmore, Case No. 02-0401.

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