Officials in Lincoln, Nebraska, have apologized for falsely labeling Shayla Funk a criminal on TV and online in a Crime Stoppers segment. But they are still appealing a a judgment of more than $250,000 against the city for libeling and slandering Funk. A city attorney admits police made statements that were untrue and defamatory but insists those statements are privileged because cops made them in an attempt to solve a crime.
"I chose to be that guy who didn't issue the apology," says Daniel Elder. "Things went from there and it wasn't good."
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The law would make a federal case out of every aggrieved internet user and compel companies to host messages they do not wish to platform.