A northeastern Pennsylvania newspaper has won a nearly 10-year court battle over a businessman's defamation lawsuit that the paper alleged was initially fixed by a now-jailed county judge.
Luzerne County Judge Joseph Van Jura found in favor of The Citizens' Voice of Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, following a second trial that had been ordered when the state Supreme Court threw out an earlier $3.5 million verdict.
Businessman Thomas Joseph claimed the paper defamed him by writing stories connecting him to a federal investigation involving a reputed mob boss. He was never charged.
Van Jura found there was no evidence Josephs had suffered losses.
The new trial was ordered after a review found the decision was tainted by the misconduct of a county judge now jailed in an unrelated juvenile justice scandal.