Candidate Sues over Political Ad

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As campaigns enter the final stretch, it is tough to turn on the TV and not see a political advertisement.

Republican candidate Ralph Alvarado is suing his Democratic opponent, incumbent R.J. Palmer, and Palmer’s campaign consultant, Dale Emmons.

Alvarado’s attorney said a new ad for the Palmer campaign uses spliced courtroom video to imply that Alvarado, a doctor, illegally prescribed $3,000 worth of prescriptions pills to a criminal defendant, casting Alvarado as a drug dealer.

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Alvarado’s attorney said the ad is defamation and wants damagers for loss of reputation and restraining order to stop the ad from running.

But what about all the other negative ads that are on TV?

ABC 36 spoke with Stephen Voss, a political science professor at the University of Kentucky, who said people have a lot of leeway when it comes to criticizing politicians and public figures.

He said some political ads may be lies but may not be illegal.

“What it really comes down to is, did they know what they said what false or did they say something that they reasonably could have known was false but they showed neglect for concern for finding out what is true,” said Voss.
 
The courts will have to decide if the political ad is defamation.
 
Palmer and Emmons did not return ABC 36’s phone calls for a comment.
 
The Kentucky Democratic Party did not have a comment about the lawsuit.