Dec 15, 2008

Scandal

Philip R. Klein's latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review reads like one of Klein's previous stories involving Justice of the Peace Tom Gillam:

At the center of the case we have been told that there is a sitting Jefferson County District Judge, a court reporter and a now former probation officer that was terminated. According to sources both inside and outside the courthouse - there was seemingly a love triangle.

Philip obviously knows a lot about "love triangles."  From December 12, 2000:

Two months ago, my wife Eileen and I separated and we have both filed for divorce. I write this column today because I have been informed that there are two reporters that have been looking into the file and that there is a possible story that will be written about the divorce.

Yes, the story will be juicy with sex and a powerful family in a small town. Frankly it is none of the publics [sic] business what happens in private lives. However, for this strategist who has made a living from dealing with others lives misery's [sic], it has been a huge slap in the face for me to deal with for the last few years. I have rethought how I will handle myself when asked to step into a situation again.

Apparently, Klein didn't rethink his position clearly, since he was later sued for publishing unsubstantiated rumor on a similar subject as fact.  As part of the settlement, Philip had to publish a retraction.

Reading Philip's editorial eight years after the fact is highly amusing - typically, he was suffering from delusions of grandeur, since no no one published a news story about Philip's divorce or his "powerful family." Of course, that was before the Jefferson County District Attorney's office set out to "get" Philip (for more information on Philip's latest paranoid fantasy, read his latest editorial).

Philip has apparently learned a lesson from the Gillam suit, however:

As the Review knows the parties names - and knows the Judges name - in fairness to all we have chosen to exclude them from this report. And not because of why you think.

Since truth is the best defense against a defamation charge, readers can draw their own conclusions about why Philip has refused to provide a name.

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