[WikiEN-l] If you feel like hitting your head against a brick wall...

Thomas Dalton thomas.dalton at gmail.com
Fri Feb 8 11:14:20 UTC 2008

> It doesn't seem to me that someone disgruntled would post an update
> apologising for the use of incorrect information about her in such an
> apologetic manner.
> "Update
> January 4: The original version of this story said that Carolyn
> Doran's hit and run DUI resulted in a fatality. This was based on two
> separate sets of computer records - one with the Loudoun County,
> Virginia Circuit Court and another on the web site of the Virginia
> Judicial System. But these records are incorrect. Apologies to Carolyn
> Doran and her family."

Claiming someone killed somebody when they didn't and then not
retracting the statement once you find out would be a very serious
issue. The initial publication isn't libel, since they genuinely
believed it at the time of publication and they did make an effort to
verify it, but not retracting it might make it libel - I would have to
look that up.

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