Candidate refutes defamation in lawsuit

July 24, 2018
A Democratic candidate for St. Joseph Township trustee refutes defamation claims in a lawsuit filed by a former Republican candidate.    Carol Griffin calls allegations against her “frivolous, unreasonable, or groundless” in a response filed in Allen Circuit Court.    At issue are letters sent to officials in Ashley that David Ringer claims were defamatory and damaged his reputation. Ringer was one of three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the trustee post, which he lost in a primary to Sarah Gnagy in May.    The letters, which are not signed, ask readers to visit Griffin’s campaign website and state Ringer is “very dangerous” and a “dangerous man.” Ringer’s lawsuit accuses Griffin of making the claims and seeks unspecified damages.    Griffin said in an interview Tuesday she was defamed by the claims, and she denied sending the letters. She said she does not know who sent the letters.    A counterclaim from Griffin asks a judge to order Ringer to pay her legal fees.   For more on this story, see Wednesday’s print edition of The Journal Gazette or return to www.journalgazette.net after 1 a.m. Wednesday.   mleblanc@jg.net
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