NY court rejects Connecticut woman’s libel suit vs. media

The court said her arrest's deletion from legal records does not make news accounts of the arrest false.

NEW YORK (AP) – A New York federal appeals court has rejected a Connecticut woman’s claims that media outlets libeled her by refusing to delete stories about her arrest after charges were dismissed.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling pertained to the August 2010 arrest of Lorraine Martin.
The court said her arrest’s deletion from legal records does not make news accounts of the arrest false or misleading.
The news reports quoted police as saying they arrested Martin after confiscating 12 grams of marijuana from her Greenwich home.
Martin filed a lawsuit afterward in Connecticut. The nurse claimed libel, negligent infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy.
A lower court rejected the lawsuit.
Martin’s attorney, Ryan O’Neill, says they are disappointed and are considering an appeal to the Supreme Court.

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