Lawsuit against Terry Meiners dismissed by judge

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by Jacob Ryan

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:46 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- A lawsuit filed in 2012 against WHAS Radio host, Terry Meiners, was dismissed on Wednesday by a Jefferson Circuit Court judge.

The judge ruled Meiners’ comments were freedoms of expression and opinion.

The lawsuit stems from a traffic stop in 2011, during which Meiners was cited for speeding.

Meiners took to the airwaves to publicize his disapproval of the citation.  He reportedly called the police officer, Sam Cromity, a liar 15 times during the broadcast and also referred to the African-American Cromity as a “Black Barney.”

In the lawsuit, Cromity claimed his reputation was damaged by slanderous comments and requested a trial and punitive damages.

Meiners claims the “Black Barney” comments were related to the color of the officer’s patrol car, a black Ford Mustang, not his skin-color.

Cromity has since retired from duty and Meiners continues to host his daily radio show from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Great Day Live on WHAS11 at 9 a.m.
 

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