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Mayor accuses activist of defamation with election upcoming

The technological advancements in recent years have increased the ease of communication a great deal. With use of the internet, a person can reach countless individuals who may sometimes be influenced by what they read. When a person in Ohio uses this technology to voice opinions about another, the result can be catastrophic. A mayor in another city has recently filed a defamation suit against a local activist.

The mayor filed a lawsuit against the woman, alleging she made false statements in various public forums accusing him of being corrupt. According to the suit, a picture of the mayor and an associate was created to have the appearance of a mug shot. The statements accused them of bribery and prostitution, as well as assisting in the protection of local criminal elements, along with other nefarious activities.

Accusations of this nature can have a devastating impact on a person's reputation, even if they are untrue. With an election only days away, suffering an embarrassment in this area can decrease a government official's chances of winning. Along with the possibility of professional loss, a victim may also experience severe emotional anguish in the process.

There are many ways in which a person can suffer as the result of defamation. The situation can often be difficult to overcome, prompting many individuals to seek legal assistance. When facing similar circumstances, many people in Ohio retain the services of an experienced attorney. An attorney can assist a person in the removal of online content and protect his or her reputation from receiving any further damage.

Source: chicagotribune.com, "Mayor Motley files defamation suit against Waukegan activist", Luke Hammill, Feb. 24, 2017

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