Former Probation officer gets $350K in slander suit

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Knox County jury has awarded a former state probation officer who claimed she was slandered at work $350,000 in damages.

Jurors awarded Betty Brasfield a $250,000 judgment against ex-police officer and retired state probation officer Raymond Dyer on Friday. The panel also gave her a $100,000 judgment against ex-boyfriend Conley Dockery, who works as an investigator for an Anderson County public defender.

Brasfield claimed that Dyer launched an obsessive campaign to get her fired. And she contended that Dockery was enraged when they broke up and aided in the effort by lying about her during the investigation.

The two men had said Brasfield was too loose in her supervising of felons.


Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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