JUSTICE: Blogger Ordered to Pay $8.5 Million to Ex-Army Colonel for False Rape Allegations
In 2013, off-her-rocker blogger Susan Shannon decided she wanted to be part of the liberal rape-culture narrative. So she picked a target — highly-decorated U.S. Army Col. David Riggins.
Dredging up her time with Col. Riggins as cadets at the West Point military academy in 1986, Shannon accused him of raping her, prompting the Army's Criminal Investigative Division to open an investigation. Upon receiving word from the Pentagon, Col. Riggins waived his right to an attorney and vehemently denied all allegations against him.
The CID investigation into Col. Riggins took nearly a year, during which time Shannon wrote two posts on her blog and one on facebook detailing her "experiences." All of the posts have since been removed, but not before her page accumulated over 6.5 million hits.
In 2014, the CID concluded that Shannon's case could neither be proven nor disproven. This was a win for Col. Riggins, however, fighting the accusations cost him dearly — after being denied the opportunity for promotion to General due to the pending investigation, he promptly retired. Col. Riggins also filed a defamation suit against Shannon.
In a stunning report on Friday, a Fairfax, VA jury found in favor of Col. Riggins, ordering Shannon to pay him $8.5 million in damages as a message to “to make sure nothing like this will ever happen again,” according to one of the jurors.
Of course, Shannon is now claiming the trial was unfair and that she was "slut shamed" and "character assassinated."
In 2015, Shannon set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for her legal bills. In two years, it's raised less than $12,000. She'll need a lot more to pay Col. Riggins everything she cost him.
The National Review sums up the story nicely:
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