Campfield calls libel suit by for House candidate "laughable"

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State Sen. Stacey Campfield calls it "laughable" that a former House candidate is suing him in a $750,000 libel lawsuit.

Campfield, a Knoxville Republican, is the defendant in the lawsuit by Roger Byrge for falsely stating on his blog in the weeks before the 2008 general election that the Democrat had a criminal record. Byrge lost the state House race to Republican Chad Faulkner by fewer than 400 votes.

Campfield in a 2011 deposition filed in court last week was unapologetic for posting false information about Byrge, dismissive of the possibility of paying damages and belittling of the technological skills of fellow lawmakers.

A hearing on a motion to dismiss is scheduled for April 24. If it fails, the case goes to trial in June.

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