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Stubson campaign Facebook comment leads to lawsuit with Cindy Hill

Former Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill is suing Rep. Tim Stubson, R-Casper, for allegedly defamatory comments that he made on a Facebook page. Stubson is currently running for the U.S. House of Representatives, and the comment in question was reportedly made on his campaign's page. According to the complaint, a journalist (who is not named in the lawsuit) from Fremont County asked for Stubson's position on 2013 bill that stripped many duties from the elected Superintendent of Public Instruction. The bill was later ruled unconstitutional by the courts. Stubson, or presumably one of his staff, allegedly responded saying that Hill had been acting illegally in multiple ways, that she was out of control and that the Legislature had to stop her. "On the face of the declaration and publication, the statements attributed flagrant and wide spread criminal wrongdoing which was not true," the lawsuit states. The lawsuit goes on to state that Feb. 8, 2016, public exchange was published to the page's 800 followers and that the "untrue personal attacks...were malicious." Stubson was reportedly given a letter on Feb. 10 demanding a retraction on the Facebook page. "The Defendant ignored this demand and provided no denial he had engaged in defamatory conduct," the lawsuit states. It is unclear whether the defamatory exchange was done via the reviews section, on a comment thread on an unrelated post, or if it was a stand-alone post from the page. Regardless, the conversation appears to have been deleted. Hill is seeking damages for the defamation, along with an injunction to prevent Stubson and his staff from making further defamatory comments. #oilcity #shortgo #news