Court: TV Story May Have Presented Judge in False Light

The Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that two issues stemming from Davidson County General Sessions Court Judge Dan Eisenstein’s lawsuit against NewsChannel5 and reporter Phil Williams should be remanded back to the trial court. Eisenstein sued the station and Williams for libel and false light claims after two critical stories about him aired. The Davidson County Circuit Court originally dismissed all claims. The appeals court cleared the station and reporter of most charges but directed the lower court to reconsider two “false light” charges with regard to the second story. Writing for the court, Judge Andy Bennett suggested that the story implied Eisenstein lied to the Department of Justice and was uncooperative or evasive in answering the reporter’s questions, despite indications to the contrary. The Nashville City Paper has the story