Here’s former Star columnist Steve Penn’s refiled defamation lawsuit against the paper

Those interested in media-industry sausage making (guilty!) may recall the firing of Kansas City Star columnist Steve Penn, in 2011, for plagiarism. Penn was caught lifting entire sentences and phrases from press releases and dropping them into his columns. Penn later filed a defamation lawsuit against the Star, claiming that his copy-and-pasting was a widespread practice at the paper, and that his reputation had been harmed as a result of the Star‘s publishing a story about his firing. 

Penn unexpectedly dropped the suit the day before the trial last November, citing the inability of a star (no pun intended) witness to make it to Jackson County Court to testify at that time. Last week, Penn refiled the suit, adding an allegation that the Star‘s actions placed him in a “false light.”

“We always intended to refile,” Penn’s attorney, Lyle Gregory, tells The Pitch. “We ran into unanticipated problems [last year] where critical witnesses were unable to make it there to have their depositions taken. The allegations this time are similar to the original suit.” 

Have a read-through of the document below:

https://www.scribd.com/embeds/247272450/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&show_recommendations=true
Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified former Star sports columnist Jason Whitlock as one of the deposed witnesses in the trial. 

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