Clarkstown teacher wins $4 million libel award against Rockland blogger

Steve Lieberman, Rockland/Westchester Journal News

A Clarkstown elementary school teacher seeking to restore her reputation won a $4 million libel award against a Rockland blogger who defamed her  during a six-month social media campaign.

The state Supreme Court jury gave Meredith Trussell-Slutsky some measure of redemption by finding Carol McIlmurray libeled her with written articles and false accusations on her Rockland Post blog and other social media posts, according to a news release from Trussell-Slutsky's attorneys.

“I am deeply grateful to the six members of the Rockland jury," Trussell-Slutsky, who has long been active in anti-bullying programs in the Clarkstown schools, said in the statement. "They listened to the facts and decided to award a large amount of money to tell these defendants, and bullies in general, that this type of malevolence is not acceptable in our community.”

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