Mother-Daughter Team Thinks Newspapers Have Money, Sues Local Daily for $21 Million

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Waxahachie Daily Light! You're on notice. Because when you get crossways with local firebrand Linda Lewis, protesters will march, media will descend, and comically high settlement demands will be made.

Kentucky Fried Chicken got a taste back in 2006. Lewis claimed she found baby cockroaches sprinkled over her chicken sandwich like so many wriggling capers. That will be $5 million, thank you. (KFC offered $5,000)

The stakes are higher this time. Her reputation, her very livelihood is in jeopardy. "They destroyed me," Lewis tells Unfair Park.

Here's what happened: A judge claimed she got rowdy in his Ellis County courtroom during her brother's criminal hearing. A scuffle broke out. Contempt charges and various misdemeanor and felony indictments followed. Both she and her daughter, Alicia, spent 180 days in jail.

And the Daily Light had the temerity -- the gall -- to print their less-than-glamorous mugshots alongside a story detailing the judge's charges. Right next to a story about an accused murderer's guilty plea, no less. "The malicious reprint of our book-in photos was defamation all in its own," her pro se complaint says. Worse, she claims nobody from the DL sought to interview her before a series of stories on their predicament were published.

The stories were a pack of lies, Lewis claims: She never struggled with the bailiff, and her daughter never punched him like the judge said in his contempt filing. Just didn't happen. In fact, when she spoke to Unfair Park, she hinted at a conspiracy. The Daily Light, she posits, is in cahoots with local elected officials to suppress her story. (The paper's editor, Neal White, declined to comment. The reporter who wrote the stories, and the paper's publisher, didn't respond as of this posting.)

Eventually, the judge dismissed some of the misdemeanor charges against the two. The Daily Light ran the story on the front page, above the fold. But -- and here's the rub -- they didn't run the mugshots this time. "My thing is, they did it all those times when we were innocent," she says. "Why didn't you do it then? Put it up there when they showed it's dismissed."

"You can't truly relief all the severe emotional trauma that we have went through and continue to go through," she writes. "There are so many things that really traumatized us by the printing of our book-in photos and false articles in the Waxahachie Daily Light and its representatives that is beyond belief."

Some wounds go too deep, she seems to be saying. But here's a start: "I Linda Lewis am asking for recompense of 10,500,000. And I Alicia Lewis is asking for Recompense of 10,500,000."


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16 comments
MattL1
MattL1

The most important part of this article is the knowledge that, should I be in need of $5k, I can simply bring some baby cockroaches into a KFC.  

John2247
John2247

She should "Friend" Joe Barton on Facebook.  She'd fit right in with the comments over there.

cp
cp

Huh. Kooks in Ellis County who can't write good... color me surprised.

RTGolden
RTGolden

Is there a lawyer actually representing this?  I'm not familiar with a vast amount of legal doctrine, but I would assume the booking photos and court documents would be public information (assuming the daughter is over 18).  I can't see how a newspaper publishing stories based on court documents and printing publicly available photos would be defamation.

Rooster
Rooster

I swear my ex-wife must have been related to this chick....

NewsDog
NewsDog

Why am I having visions of Westboro Baptist style lunacy?  

Dr. D
Dr. D

I feel like suing The Observer for making me aware of these people's existence. $17.50 should cover it.

Sloppy Joe
Sloppy Joe

I, Sloppy Joe, am asking for Joe Tone to resign. I'm reading about dumb, lying bitches when I could be reading another round of sports shit from Richie Whitt, an award-winning writer and a man of unspeakable integrity. For the damage to my life that has been caused by Joe Tone's poor decisions, I should also demand millions of dollars from the Dallas Observer, but unlike some of the motherfuckers that comment here, I am of too ethical a spirit to be given to lawsuits against my neighbors.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

This woman is a tin-foil hat wearing crackpot, everyone in Waxahachie knows who this crazy broad and her daughter are and they do best to avoid them...

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

And yet your post does not include the photos in question ...

Guest
Guest

@ RT - Ms. Lewis filed the suit pro se - meaning she is representing herself.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Unspeakable integrity?

Like promising an interview with Colby Lewis to discuss his attention-seeking paternity "opinion"?

Steves
Steves

Isn't it obvious?  6 feet up Richie's ass.  Kissing it wasn't enough, he 's dived right in...

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