SAN BERNARDINO – An appellate court has ordered a High Desert newspaper publisher pay thousands of dollars in sanctions and fees to an attorney for the wife of former county Sheriff Gary Penrod.The ruling comes as a multi-million dollar libel lawsuit filed by Nancy K. Bohl and The Counseling Team against the publisher nears a trial date in San Bernardino Superior Court.
Raymond Pryke, the publisher of Valley Wide Newspapers, had appealed a Feb. 15 ruling by a superior court judge that he pay costs associated with various discovery motions filed by Bohl’s lawyers.
At the time, the judge ordered Pryke to pay $29,180, according to court records. The order was upheld by the Fourth District Court of Appeals in a 13-page ruling issued by Judge Thomas E. Hollenhorst.
Bohl filed the lawsuit against Valley Wide Newspapers, a collection of newspapers that includes the Hesperia Resorter, in June 2000. The case had been scheduled to go trial this month, but it was moved to May 26.
In various articles, Pryke’s newspapers accused Bohl, a mental health professional and owner of The Counseling Team, of using her relationship with Penrod to win sheriff’s department counseling contracts and then leaking deputies’ confidential information to the sheriff.
Bohl has denied the allegations, while Pryke has called the newspaper’s articles accurate.
Filed under: Censorship, Free Speech, Media, Military Industrial Complex, Prison Industrial Complex Tagged: | Gary Penrod, Nancy K. Bohl, Nancy Penrod, Raymond Pryke, Spirit of the Law, The Counseling Team, Thomas E. Hollenhorst, Valley Wide Newspapers