A state judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit St. Martinville Mayor Thomas Nelson filed against one of his constituents for comments she made to The Washington Post.
The constituent, Espinola Quinn, was quoted in a Washington Post news story, which was posted in June, examining rural Americans’ views of race.
The lawsuit notes this quote from the news story: "Quinn felt Nelson's decision to shut down the parade pandered to white voters: 'He promised the whites he was going to shut the n***** parade down if they voted for him.'"
A few weeks after the story was published, Nelson sued Quinn, accusing her of slander.
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