Our favorite state representative has come up with a novel legal defense in his ongoing libel case: OK, sure, what he said was false... but he thought it was true. This goes back to October 2008, when Stacey Campfield wrote on his blog Camp4U that House Democratic candidate Roger Byrge had "multiple drug arrests" in his past. Turns out that was actually a different Byrge (Roger Byrge's son, to be exact), and Roger Byrge (who lost the election) sued Campfield for libel. Campfield's motion for summary judgment yesterday asks that the suit be dismissed on the grounds that Campfield basically was just exercising his 1st Amendment right to pass along to the entire world a rumor he heard from a friend.
This is a bit like asking that a murder charge be dropped because you had previously believed the victim needed killin', and only subsequently learned that he in fact did not. It seems like a dubious legal gambit, but frankly we here at Metro Pulse are sort of hoping it succeeds. Because then we can tell you all of the things our friends tell us about Stacey Campfield.