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Signe Wilkinson named in defamation suit against newspaper

Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer editorial cartoonist Signe Wilkinson were among several individuals connected to the Philadelphia newspapers named in a defamation suit filed by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery and his wife Lise Rapaport who allege the paper conducted a smear campaign. The suit mentions a specific Signe cartoon (see below) satirizing the couple.

Philadelphia magazine has a write-up on the background of the case. I’m not even going to try to sum it up (a lot of local politics). On the face of it, I can’t think of a case (nor can I find one online) where a cartoonist has been successfully found guilty of defamation in the US. Most cases I’ve heard about are quickly tossed out. In this case, it’s the reporting of the paper that is in question and not specifically Signe, so I’m not sure how that changes the dynamics of the case as far as Signe is concerned.

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#1 clayjonz
April/3/2014
@ 2:11 pm

You would think a judge of all people would see that this suit won’t fly. Larry Flynt proved that decades ago.

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