Motion hearing scheduled to discuss Campfield libel lawsuit

Motion hearing scheduled to discuss Campfield libel lawsuit


KNOXVILLE (WATE/AP) - A hearing to dismiss the libel lawsuit against state Sen. Stacey Campfield has been set.

In 2008, Roger Byrge announced that he was suing Campfield for $750,000.

Byrge claims in the weeks before the 2008 general election, Campfield falsely wrote on his blog that Byrge had been arrested several times on drug charges.

Byrge lost the race for the state house seat to Republican Chad Faulkner by less than 400 votes.

Campfield in a 2011 deposition filed in court last week was unapologetic for posting false information about Byrge, dismissive of the possibility of paying damages and belittling of the technological skills of fellow lawmakers.

He called the suit "laughable."

The motion hearing to dismiss the case is scheduled for April 24.

If it fails, the case goes to trial in June.

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