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Mistrial in ex-cheerleader's libel lawsuit

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm •  Published: January 25, 2013

"I'm going to win this son of a gun," Deters said of the next trial.

Alex Ward, one of Richie's three attorneys, said that "hindsight is 20/20" but that he now knows what points to focus upon more strongly in order to get a win for his client.

During the three-day trial, Deters argued that the posts defamed Jones and called her reputation into question long before her relationship with the student, and that's why she's entitled to damages. He also urged jurors to give her a big financial reward to effectively shut down

Richie testified that Jones is a public figure and that the posts were written by an anonymous user, not him.

Ward argued that the first post about Jones having sex with all the Bengals players was a clear exaggeration that no reasonable person would believe, and therefore, didn't amount to defamation. He said the second post — which said that Jones' ex-husband cheated on her with 50 women, had gonorrhea and chlamydia, and likely gave it to Jones — was merely an opinion that also did not amount to defamation.

Ward also told jurors that the posts were generally true because Jones has shown that she is "sexually immoral."

Evidence at trial included newly released text messages between Jones and the teen that said she first fell in love with him when he walked into her freshman English classroom when he was 14.

Jones resigned from Dixie Heights High School and from the Bengals cheer squad in late 2011 after four years in both jobs.

The day after she pleaded guilty in the case, Jones and the teen spoke with NBC's Dateline and said they were in love, still in a relationship and didn't care what anyone thought.


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