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Feb. 2012

David Rich of Todd & Weld Files $1Million Suit on Behalf of Client Whose Picture Published in Error

An article in the February 20, 2012 edition of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, entitled “Newspaper Sued for Identifying Wrong Man as Accused Rapist,” described the suit for defamation filed by David H. Rich, a partner with Todd & Weld LLP, on behalf of his client Angel Ortiz. A front-page story about a man named Angel Ortiz who had been indicted on charges of raping a 12-year-old girl was published by the MetroWest Daily News, but included a picture of the wrong Angel Ortiz. “In our society today, one can hardly be accused of anything worse than child rape,” said Mr. Rich.

The newspaper ultimately admitted that its inclusion of the client's picture was incorrect, but buried its correction on page 2 of the Saturday edition in small print. Mr. Rich asserted that, “It did not come close to repairing the significant damage that was done to Mr. Ortiz.” T. Barton Carter, a communications and law professor at Boston University, commented: “In this case, it certainly doesn't seem like the correction got equal play with the original entry, and that could turn out to be a problem for the newspaper.”

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