Romeo v. Ballard, No. 2006-1067 (Ark. Cir. Ct. dismissed Dec. 17, 2006)
Status: Dismissed

A detective in the Saline County, Ark. sheriff’s office sued Gary Ballard, the operator of a web site (; no longer operational) that focused on criticism of Saline County Sheriff Phil Mask. The detective, Sgt. Sandy Romano, sued over an article from the Benton Courier -- republished on the site -- over allegations by Gary Ballard’s wife that Romano had threatened her. The article states that Romano had been “dismissed from the Benton Police Department after she was charged with possession of drugs with intent to deliver;” elsewhere, the site refers to Romano as a “drug user.” The suit claimed that the web site did not mention that the charges had been dismissed

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