Blogger Behind Haley Indictment Rumors Being Sued

Logan Smith, two unidentified sources named as defendants in lawsuit.

The Sikh Religious Society, led in part by the family of Gov. Nikki Haley, is suing The Palmetto Public Record and its editor, Logan Smith for defamation and civil conspiracy for its into the organization's finances and the governor.

In March, for her role in alleged financial misdeeds at the Sikh Religious Society that allegedly put the group's tax-exempt status in jeopardy. 

Haley was never indicted. The lawsuit, obtained by the Free-Times, names The Palmetto Public Record, Smith and his two anonymous sources as defendants. Butch Bowers, who also represents Haley, is representing the plaintiff in the suit. 

The lawsuit lists two basic causes for action: First, it accuses Smith and his sources of making "absolutely false" statements that degraded the plaintiff, such as predicting an indictment, and stating that the IRS was investigating the Sikh group for "shady finances," such as laundering money and distributing false tax receipts. Second, the suit alleges a civil conspiracy on the part of Smith and his sources, who Bowers contends colluded together to injure the reputation of the group. 

The suit asks for actual, special and punitive damages.

Smith's original story caused a firestorm in some media circles as it was thought by some to represent a new era of reporting and sourcing.

Smith was unavailable for comment Tuesday. 

Rob Godfrey, spokesman for Gov. Haley, praised the lawsuit Tuesday. 

“The governor applauds any private citizen who is willing to stand up to bloggers, their anonymous sources and those who fund them and hopes more people will do the same.”

Ken May 30, 2012 at 11:18 AM
“The governor applauds any private citizen who is willing to stand up to bloggers, their anonymous sources and those who fund them and hopes more people will do the same.” IOW, our dear governor applauds squashing of the first amendment right of any citizen who dares to question any possible wrongdoing by their elected officials. This is what the republican party is turning into, equal rights for all, as long as you agree with them.
David May 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM
@Ken, while I do not support our "dear" governor, I cannot in good faith support, "under" first amendment rights, anyone who feels it is appropriate to knowingly make statements that are neither truthful nor have any merit. Making slanderous acustations for the sake of hurting someone whether it is personally, professionally or politically is not what the first amendment stands for. It would be just as easy to make a slanderous, untruthful accusation about you which I doubt seriously you would find amusing or appropriate. If you want the governor out of office support a more legal appropriate way. I suspect the fact that she is a woman has irked more than a few of the "good 'ol boys" and their system in this state and if that's the case they just need to take their "toys" and go home and pout somewhere else.
Sami May 30, 2012 at 12:56 PM
@David According to what Ken has written, he is missing the point completely. Adding to what David has written, is Ken not aware that tax payer money pays for these 'allegations'? Maybe Ken and Logan Smith can flip the bill on future endeavors. It always amazes me how people are eager to 'attack' rather than actually read what is written.
Hobby May 30, 2012 at 02:45 PM
What goes around, comes around, kinda like filing a frivolous lawsuit, so put on your big boy pants, Logan. You have no problem dishing it out, so let's see if you can take it as well. The hypocrisy continues...


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