Daily Cal Editor in Chief Relieved of Charges

Related Articles »

  • Printer Friendly Printer Friendly
  • Comments Comments (0)

Assistant U.S. Attorney and judge pro tem Mark Cullers released his decision yesterday relieving defendant and The Daily Californian's editor in chief and president, Rajesh Srinivasan, of charges of intentional infliction of emotional distress brought against him by Fresno podiatrist Harvey Purtz.

At the Jan. 19 hearing, Purtz argued that the publication of articles describing former Cal football player Chris Purtz's altercation at a San Francisco adult club was "a major triggering event" in his son's life that led to a deterioration of his mental state and to emotional distress on his father's part. However, the court ruled that libel on the memory of a deceased person is not deemed to inflict legal action constituting defamation on surviving relatives.

The court also noted that the Uniform Single Publication Act - which states that the statute of limitations on a publication is determined upon its first distribution to the public - and the maximum two-year statute of limitations for emotional distress claims worked against Purtz's claim.

While the court duly noted the pain and suffering endured by the loss of Purtz's son and the issue of the Internet's ability to perpetually circulate information, Cullers ruled that Srinivasan owed Purtz no money as a result of the case.

"I'm pleased that the court made the right decision," Srinivasan said. "While I'm open to talking to (Purtz) in the future, I anticipate the decision will be the same. Nevertheless, I sympathize with Mr. Purtz."

True Shields is the lead courts reporter. Contact him at [email protected]

Comments (0) »

Comment Policy
The Daily Cal encourages readers to voice their opinions respectfully in regards to both the readers and writers of The Daily Californian. Comments are not pre-moderated, but may be removed if deemed to be in violation of this policy. Comments should remain on topic, concerning the article or blog post to which they are connected. Brevity is encouraged. Posting under a pseudonym is discouraged, but permitted. Click here to read the full comment policy.
White space
Left Arrow
Image Co-Op Community Discusses Drug Policies
Amid concerns about drug use in the Berkeley Student Cooperative and the im...Read More»
Image 'The Play' Photographer Sues For Copyright Infring...
Four seconds of clock time, five laterals and 55 yards after...Read More»
Image Trial Begins for Feb. 26 Protesters
The hearing for two protesters arrested during a Feb. 26 riot on Southside ...Read More»
Image Southside Resident Seeks Settlement With Two Frate...
Tensions between UC Berkeley fraternities and residents of...Read More»
Image Jury Convicts Mehserle of Involuntary Manslaughter
OAKLAND - Following the verdict convicting former BART police Off...Read More»
Image Blog Entry Introduced as Character Evidence in Fat...
OAKLAND-As the case for the 2008 fatal stabbing o...Read More»
Right Arrow

Job Postings

White Space