Assistant Attorney General Says He Was Libeled and Slandered

By: Mark Kennedy Email
By: Mark Kennedy Email

Kentucky Assistant Attorney General David Smith has filed a civil lawsuit against three attorneys with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy claiming slander and libel.

In the lawsuit obtained by 27NEWSFIRST, Smith claims David Barron and John Palombi provided harmful, false information in a document entitled "Last Stop for Justice, A Clemency Request for Ralph Baze."

The lawsuit states the two characterized Smith as a liar on a number of occasions in the document. "Barron and Palombi maliciously communicated to the Governor's Office false and defamatory statements using the words lie, lies, lied on 53 occasions in characterizing the Plaintiff and his legal practice," the lawsuit stated.

Smith states in the lawsuit the information was then distributed to the media, including an AP reporter.

Smith is asking for a trial and is seeking an unknown amount of money. Public Advocate Heather McGregor is also named in the lawsuit.

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  • by John Location: Lex on Sep 11, 2008 at 08:49 AM
    I have witnessed attorneys twisting and distorting the truth for years, Thats what the do. They are trained to lie and say what ever it takes and this not to win a case but to extend it as many times as they can to waste tax payers money and to put more money in their pockets.They are all liars and payed well to do so.
  • by Don Location: London on Sep 11, 2008 at 08:48 AM
    Lawyers lieing?People shouldn't expect anything else.Ralph Baze is a conficted killer and should have been executed years ago and these so-called "advocates" should be horse whipped and ran out of town.
  • by Melissa Location: East Kentucky on Sep 11, 2008 at 06:20 AM
    After seeing the " Document " on WYMT, I must say that I would have to agree with Daivd Smiths law suit. It is Malicious Slander on the part of the Public Advocates to call someone who is up holding the laws of this state a lier, it is disturbing to me that members of a professional group would engage in such conduct. I mean who was on trail here "Ralph Baze" or the Assistent Attorney General who put away this,"Cop killer"?. Personally I have faith that the Judge and Jury setting over this case gave Ralph Baze a fair trail, and would have caught at least ONE of those lies the Advocates are claiming, don't you?
  • by Jerry Location: Lexington on Sep 11, 2008 at 05:45 AM
    Welcome to the world of politics Mr. Assistant Attorney General. Get off the money suing kick - it makes people look greedy!
  • by GiveMeABreak Location: Taxpayer on Sep 10, 2008 at 05:31 PM
    This is a shame...all are state employees, all have a job to do, but seem to not be able to play nice because they have gotten too personally involved in this case. From what I've seen, and just watching the man talk in his interviews, Ralph Baze deserves no clemency or leniency for what he did. He was convicted fairly in a court of justice by a jury of his peers...if he had won, he would've gotten to walk away. But he lost, and now it's time for him to pay the same punishment he gave to those cops he slaughtered. He should consider the easy death by the needle his clemency, since they won't shoot him to death like he did his victims...and since he killed 2 people, he can't receive justice twice because he can't be executed twice, so that is clemency yet again. How much can any rational person expect for what he was convicted of doing?


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