A judge on Wednesday threw out a defamation case that Hanover County Supervisor Sean Davis had brought against Style Weekly.
Michael Levy, a Stafford County Circuit Court judge who heard the case in Hanover Circuit Court, granted the Richmond-based alternative newspaper’s motion to throw out the case before sending it to a jury for deliberation.
The journalist who wrote articles suggesting a Hanover County supervisor was interfering with county schools stood by his reporting on the third day of a defamation trial Tuesday.
Peter Galuszka told jurors he believed everything he reported in two articles that appeared in 2015 in Style Weekly and one published in the Washington Post suggesting Supervisor Sean Davis was improperly using his position on the Board of Supervisors to influence Hanover schools. Davis has sued Galuszka and Style Weekly over claims the articles defamed him and is seeking at least $1.35 million in damages.
A member of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors has filed a lawsuit against Style Weekly for an article he says defamed him, causing emotional and professional devastation.
Sean M. Davis, the board’s Henry District representative, filed the April 1 lawsuit against the alternative weekly newspaper, Landmark Media Enterprises LLC and Peter Galuszka, who wrote the Dec. 8 article Davis claims contains false information and tarnished his reputation. He is seeking $1.35 million in damages.
The longest-serving member of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors does not expect radical changes because four new members were elected Tuesday night.
Beaverdam District Supervisor Aubrey M. Stanley, who ran unopposed in his re-election to an eighth term on the board, said the only difference could be a slightly more conservative board.
Two community-minded candidates are taking aim at the Henry District seat on the Hanover County Board of Supervisors.
Independent Patti Jackson, who lost by 34 votes in 2007 to incumbent Charles D. McGhee, has a long career working with local nonprofits.