YONKERS, NY — February 8, 2019 —Yonkers Tribune was hit by one lawsuit over a month ago and again only days ago, another lawsuit, brought forward by the best of friends using the same lawyer. One has been launched by Yonkers Police Deputy Chief Mueller and the second one by Yonkers Police Benevolent Association President Det. Keith Olson. The Mueller case has been received and responded to but the initial court hearing is not expected until the first week of March 2019. The second case is understood to be based on the same allegations, that is, that Hezi Aris, the Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large, engaged in malicious conduct which I unequivocally assert never existed and did not encroach into the demeanor of my reporting. The issues brought forward were corroborated through multiple sources and written under a series of articles that took place over 5 years in duration. The series of articles are part of the Blue Truth series. The two individuals are suing, upset over the comments posted. People are entitled and guaranteed to express their opinion by the U.S. Constitution and by New York State Law. No one threatened either of the two people mentioned, who it must be noted are public figures.
The need to raise funding is to fight off what many legal minds have expressed as frivilous lawsuits in nature. The second lawsuit should it likely prove to be similar in gist to the first, and because the same law firm is representing both parties, suggests that the lawsuits are intended to shut down the Yonkers Tribune operation by exhausting the capacity of the Yonkers Tribune. We were named the acid-tongued bloggers of the Yonkers Tribune by The New York Times for good reason. Our reporting has proven to be tenacious, clear and forthright; totally devoid of malice.
The funds are requested in order to maintain our ability to sustain our solvency despite the challenges posed by the two lawsuits.
Our lawyer is thankfully working with us. We will need to compensate him for his work that from my layman’s perspective seems brilliant in vindicating our reporting integrity, capacity, and demeanor as has been stipulated correctly and abiding and adhering to long-standing legal precedence. We await Judge Gerald Loehr’s ruling in March. And expect the second lawsuit to reveal the issues presented in the second lawsuit.
Personally, I have been reluctant to ask for assistance, but I cannot function without legal counsel direction. The first case seeks $7 million in damages. We will soon learn what the second case will seek.
If you have the capacity and inclination to support an independent perspective on a disparate range of issues, please consider supporting the efforts to fund the Yonkers Tribune Legal Defense Fund. The GoFundMe campaign can be reached by way of this hyperlink: http://gofundme.com/yonkers-tribune-legal-defense-fund .
Thank you in advance for your consideration, good will, and generosity.
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