by Mike Masnick
Thu, Jan 20th 2011 11:22am
Romenesko points us to the news that the father of a former Berkeley student/football player, Chris Purtz, who passed away last year is now suing the editor of the Daily Cal (the student-run newspaper associated with the University of California at Berkeley) for refusing to remove an article from a few years ago, about an embarrassing incident involving Purtz. Purtz's father is claiming that the article, which talked about Chris being suspended from the football team after a "physical confrontation" at an adult club in San Francisco, should be deleted since it "inflicts harm" on his son's memory. Of course, that's not quite how freedom of the press works, so it seems unlikely that this lawsuit will get very far. Even odder, is that the lawsuit isn't even targeting the newspaper itself, but the editor (who didn't even work for the paper at the time the original article was printed). As numerous legal experts in the article linked above note, the elder Purtz has almost no chance of succeeding in this case. What they don't mention, is that in filing this lawsuit, Purtz has also called a lot more attention to the story he wished to bury.
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