Lawsuit vs. Gallup Independent goes to jurors | News
GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - The lawsuit against the Gallup Independent by a former mayor is now in the hands of a jury.
Six jurors are slated Monday to begin deliberations in a case involving former Gallup Mayor Harry Mendoza, who sued Publisher Bob Zollinger and the Gallup Independent for critical editorials in 2009 and 2010 that claimed Mendoza was involved in a gang rape in 1948.
Mendoza was never convicted of rape.
But the newspaper's attorney, George McFall, says Mendoza's name appears in news accounts for 1948 and 1949 and in numerous court documents, and he never asked for any corrections.
The newspaper's lawyers also said Mendoza never wrote a letter to the editor and he refused interviews.
Mendoza is seeking $4 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
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