Editors: Showdown in the Southwest

The litigious reader ready to sue a newspaper for libel at the drop of an insult has become a familiar courtroom character. But this time the roles were reversed. The editor was suing one of his readers. And to add to the novelty, the editor won. Bill McGaw, owner, editor, publisher and principal reporter of the Southwesterner claimed that his monthly journal of Western lore had been damaged by the actions of Alamogordo, N. Mex., Furniture Dealer A. A. Webster Jr.. a member of the John Birch Society. And a jury agreed —to the amount of $20,000.

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