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Oct. 9, 2013, 8:23 a.m.

Ex-FL SEN can­did­ate Jeff Greene (D) “is pre­par­ing to sue The St. Peters­burg Times and The Miami Her­ald for li­bel, claim­ing that art­icles they pub­lished cost him” his SEN bid. While “a li­bel suit is a rare step for a polit­ic­al fig­ure,” Greene has “proved he is no or­din­ary politi­cian.” Greene “will seek at least” $500M in dam­ages “to teach the news me­dia a les­son.”

Greene, in a phone in­ter­view 8/31: “I want to send a mes­sage to every news­pa­per in the coun­try: Do your home­work. I de­serve to have the re­cord cor­rec­ted, and they de­serve to be pun­ished.” Greene has hired atty L. Lin Wood, who “said he ex­pec­ted to file a form­al com­plaint” in FL court 9/1.

“At is­sue are two news art­icles writ­ten by St. Peters­burg Times re­port­ers” that were also prin­ted in the Miami Her­ald, along with a Times ed­it­or­i­al “ur­ging a fed­er­al in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to” Greene’s “busi­ness activ­it­ies.” St. Peters­burg Times‘ ed. Neil Brown, in an email: “The Times’ cov­er­age of Mr. Greene and his busi­ness trans­ac­tions has been thor­ough and fair, and the re­port­ing is well-doc­u­mented in pub­lic re­cords.”

The Times re­por­ted Greene “was party to a real es­tate deal that left” 300 CA fam­il­ies “home­less and a part­ner of his in jail.” Ad­di­tion­ally, an­oth­er art­icle “left the im­pres­sion” the box­er Mike Tyson “used drugs while on” Greene’s yacht. “The pa­per later ran a front-page cor­rec­tion cla­ri­fy­ing” Tyson “said he had not used drugs on the yacht” (Peters, New York Times, 8/31).

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