November 1, 2004

Mother of "racist murder" victim wins libel suit against Time-Life . . .


The mother of a young man “murdered by racists” has won a libel case against a book published by Time-Life in England, according to a Guardian report by Hugh Muir. In the book, Steve and Me, Dwayne Brooks says his friend Stephen Lawrence was regularly locked out of his house by his mother, Doreen Lawrence, “when he failed to return at an agreed time,” and that Stephen “had been rushing home for that reason on the night he was killed.” Doreen Lawrence charged that “The publication of this book has just added to my distress. I was attacked in an appaling way. Horrible and untruthful things were said about me.” She says she will donate to charity the “substantial payment” Time-Life must now pay her. In an interesting development, Time-Life “said it would also pay a similar sum to a charity of Mr Brooks’s choice as a token of its ‘continued support for and faith in him’.”

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