Daniel Zettler wins $43K in free-speech lawsuit against cop, David Lane may file another one
Now, though, Lane sees more actionable statements in the Chieftain article. "It said he put his hands on the cop and was being belligerent, and that's a lie -- that's defamation," he allows. Moreover, he says he can prove it through testimony from witnesses, including a law student who was with Zettler at the time of the incident and says he was "nothing but cooperative. And the proof is that they paid $43,000 to get out of the case -- because we had so many people lined up to say Zettler's version was the correct version."
With that in mind, Lane says, "we're considering a defamation lawsuit against the cop, who's once again telling falsehoods to the media."
We've left a message for attorney Ziporin and will update this post when and if he responds. In the meantime, Lane believes the Zettler case should stand as a reminder to other police officers -- particularly those who "spend more time on the firing range than they do in the law library."
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