Defamation Lawsuit Against Gannett, Reporter Dropped

By Andrew Gauthier 

St. Petersburg Times

A defamation lawsuit filed last year by a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputy against the owner of St. Petersburg CBS affiliate WTSP-Ch. 10 and reporter Mike Deeson has ended with a summary judgment favoring Deeson and the station.

Back in 2009, Cpl. Steven Dickey sued Gannett Co. and Deeson, saying the reporter selectively edited video to make it appear the officer was laughing at quadriplegic jail inmate Brian Sterner when he was dumped from a wheelchair. More…