Parents Of Accused Teens In Kendrick Johnson Case Sue Ebony Magazine For $5 Million

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August 28, 2014 ‐ By

 

kendrick-johnson_0Kendrick Johnson, a Georgia high school student was found dead in his high school gym in January. His body was found wrapped in a gym mat in the Lowndes High School gym. An initial investigation found that his death was accidental, caused by “positional asphyxia.” However, Johnson’s family expressed their belief their son’s death was a homicide and that the suffocation explanation was simply a “cover up.” The parents of two of Johnson’s classmates who were accused of taking part in his murder have filed a federal lawsuit against Ebony magazine and journalist Frederic Rosen claiming they slandered their childrens’ images. They’re seeking $5 million.

The classmates, Brian and Brandon Bell, sons of a Valdosta FBI agent, were depicted fictitiously as Chris and Clark Martin in the articles describing the case, written by Rosen. Rosen wrote that they were “possible suspects” in the murder.

“Tweets goes on to state that Chris Martin had the motive to murder KJ because of previous fights they had, resulting in a ‘prior animus’ going back at least two years,” reports The Jasmine Brand.

Despite the name changes, the Bells say people figured out who the article was referring to. Therefore, the boys were identified on social media and faced with threats. The lawsuit’s brief goes on to say that the Bell brothers aren’t guilty of any crime because video surveillance and witness comments indicate they were not near the gym; they were in class on en route to another school for a wrestling match.

You can read the court documents surrounding the case on the The Jasmine Brand. MadameNoire was in touch with Ebony. The magazine has no comment and at this time.

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  • Rev. George Brooks

    Ebony Magazine has gone to the dogs, with this daughter of the late great John H. Johnson trying to run things. And they have sold part of the magazine to a bunch of Jews and other whites, and now this sorry Jew writer is making a mess of Ebony. They need to leave those evil, anti-Jesus Jews alone, and make this publication ALL BLACK again. Kick this sorry Jew to the curb, as well as the other Jews and whites. They want to take full ownership and control of Mr. Johnson’s company. — Rev. George Brooks

    • Weston Preston

      It’s always those damn Joos.

  • Mylilgirls Isallineed

    What a way to show the family who has no justice for their son some respect .

    • Weston Preston

      They aren’t suing the family, Einstein. But if the family keeps running their mouths about those boys, they could be next. What do these people owe the Johnson family when it is that family who is creating the chaos leading to the threats and defamation? Not respect!

      • Mylilgirls Isallineed

        You are incredibly ignorant

        • Weston Preston

          Are you suggesting that people can go around accusing innocent boys of a heinous “crime” with impunity, even when there is no evidence to support the charge and they both have ironclad alibis? If this is your opinion, then you are the ignorant one. And malevolent, as well.

          • Mylilgirls Isallineed

            Why of course not. What crime was committed Einstein? The disrespect is when you go file a lawsuit regarding a case that a child is dead and buried with his body stuffed with newspaper, and there has been zero charges filed on this boys behalf. They did not accuse these boys they acussed a made up names. They where figured out because it was well known how much these brothers would fight with the victim. So if they had taught their children to show some respect (well I guess they can’t really teach something they know nothing about) everybody wouldn’t have been able to easily I’d them as the real people. This family has no real case so that’s not the issue. My issue is I’m very fimialr with this case, and it brings me to tears what all has transpired . this law suit against ebony is just one more example of how this community has no compassion and how disgusting they have been to this family. I do not have the mentality of you so I can not explain to you on a level in which you could understand. So I’m going back to doing what I do. Making the lives of people deemed unworthy feel life is worth living .

            • Weston Preston

              No crime was committed. It’s not disrespectful to defend one’s right to be free from defamatory statements. The stuffing of the corpse with newspaper is not illegal, and in any event was done by the funeral home and not the “Martin” family. The Johnson Family has been accusing these boys on the streets of Valdosta. Ebony and Rosen wrote and published the lies as if they were the truth. Lies reduced to paper (and internet postings) are the very definition of defamation. Pseudonyms do not change defamation to truth, nor are they harmless when the identity of the of the boys is easily ascertained by the facts published about them. This family has an airtight case and will collect millions from Rosen and Johnson Publishing. Their actions were irresponsible and malicious and they will be punished accordingly.

              I wonder why the Johnson family didn’t name the “Martins” as defendants in their suit against the school board which was never served and therefore isn’t moving forward? Could it be because they (a) know these kids have airtight alibis and couldn’t have killed KJ, and/or (b) don’t want to be sued themselves for defamation and attorneys fees and court costs? After all, why not sue the actual perpetrators? It makes no sense, and nobody can answer that question convincingly. Maybe you can, since you are intimately “fimialr” with this case.

        • Weston Preston

          And you are incredibly malignant.

  • hollyw

    Mmmm is the case over? Were they found not guilty? Cuuuuz if not, they can’t sue.

    • RAYA

      They were NEVER charged with a crime, hell no one was charged.

      • Weston Preston

        I know, because it wasn’t a crime. See how that works?

        • hotmama01

          Cuz with a name like “Weston Preston”, you gotta be an expert.

          • Weston Preston

            This isn’t about me or my law school diploma. It’s about Hollyw’s incorrect characterization of the law. I don’t think she knows what she’s talking about. I do. Nice try deflecting though.

            • hotmama01

              “This isn’t about me or my law school diploma.” Hahaa! Your self-importance on here is both funny and sad. Pu-lease, no one is impressed.

              • Weston Preston

                They can’t sue because they haven’t been acquitted. Defend that statement, genius.

              • faketony

                Incorrect hotmamam01, faketony is impressed by Weston Preston train of thought.

      • hollyw

        D@MN.

        Thought when they said “accused”, they meant legally. Smdh.

    • Weston Preston

      What law school gave you a diploma? Cause you should definitely ask for a refund.

      • hollyw

        Law School of Madame Noire :-)

        • Weston Preston

          Rip it up. It’s worthless in the real world.

  • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

    John Johnson is once again spinning in his grave.