Libel Case Against Campfield Dismissed

Circuit Judge John McAfee has dismissed a $750,00 libel lawsuit against Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield for publishing false information online about state House Democratic candidate Roger Byrge in 2008. Campfield wrote that Byrge, who later lost the race to Republican Chad Faulkner by fewer than 400 votes, had multiple drug arrests. Although McAfee acknowledged that Campfield had gotten information wrong on his blog, he agreed with defense attorneys that the lawmaker did not know the information was false when he posted it. "Sometimes you just get beat, and that's just the plain simple truth of the matter," McAfee said. He added: "Politics are politics, and it's a big boys and big girls game. That's just the way it is." Knoxnews has the story.