***update: E&P says no lawsuit***
Crazy Cynthia McKinney is going after the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker:
Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) is suing an Atlanta newspaper for libel, after printing comments stemming from her run-in with police at the Capitol building.
J.M. Raffauf, her attorney, has filed charges against the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, editor Cynthia Tucker, and its publisher John Mellott following an article the paper ran on Sunday, July 30, 2006.
According to Raffauf, Tucker’s editorial column “was untrue, defamatory and libelous” when it read “‘she (the Congresswoman) slugged him (the officer) with her cell phone.’ This false allegation is not supported by any witness or any other evidence. Additionally, Tucker is maliciously attempting to spin this into a felony by falsely alleging that she assaulted the officer with a deadly weapon.”
The suit alleges that other misstatements were made, including the statement that Congresswoman McKinney “suggested that President Bush had known in advance about the Sept. 11 attacks but did nothing to stop them so his friends could profit from the ensuing war,” and “She doesn’t have the power or prestige to pass a resolution in support of sweetened ice tea.”
Here’s the Tucker column that set McKinney off.
Hat tip: Florida Cracker, who has a recipe suggestion for the Wild One.