Hunter defamation case moves back to District Court after State Appeals Court dismisses 29 of 31 claims

Hunter defamation case moves back to District Court after State Appeals Court dismisses 29 of 31 claims

May 25, 2021 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold kkinradio@embarqmail.com (5/25/21)

(Crosby, MN) — The latest concerning the James Hunter defamation case against former Crosby Police Chief Kim Coughlin, former Police Lieutenant Kevin Randolph, and other respondents was appealed and reversed at the Minnesota State Court of Appeals.

On May 17th, Presiding Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman, Chief Judge Susan Segal, and retired Judge Edward J. Cleary dismissed 29 of 31 defamation claims made by Mayor James Hunter against the City of Crosby. Their filed opinions state the other two claims are sufficient enough to proceed.  

R&J Broadcasting, Inc’s Doug Gillette spoke to Hunter’s lawyer Ed Shaw about the decision moving forward with the two claims going back to the Crow Wing County District Court.

Shaw noted the timeline for the proceedings is indeterminate at this time.

Since taking Mayor of Crosby office once again by winning the November 2020 election, Shaw says Hunter wants to move forward with the suit while guiding the City into the future.

The two allegations that will proceed back to the District include statements from former Chief Coughlin falsely claiming Hunter was charged with a crime involving sexual assault o a family member, and the other of Coughlin and Randolph stating Hunter has committed numerous crimes of dishonesty and financial crimes.