Thursday, May 03, 2007

Racist Talk Radio Host Bails on Lawsuit Against Activist

Righteous blog swarm kills Imus; Dan Caplis wises up.

Talk radio host drops lawsuit
Activist said Caplis had fistfight with 'students of color'

Dan Caplis filed suit calling comments "lies and attacks."

By Charley Able, Rocky Mountain News
May 3, 2007

Denver lawyer and radio talk show host Dan Caplis dropped a lawsuit against a community activist who had given a speech that made reference to a confrontation that occurred when Caplis was a student at the University of Colorado.

Glenn Spagnuolo, who criticized Caplis in a speech supporting controversial CU professor Ward Churchill, said Caplis had been in a fistfight "with students of color." He went on to say, "It is no surprise the three stooges of Clear Channel, (Peter) Boyles, (Craig) Silverman and Caplis, would attack the ethnic studies Department."

Silverman is Caplis' co-host on KHOW radio. Churchill taught in CU's Ethnic Studies Department and is appealing a committee recommendation that he be fired for alleged violations that included plagiarism.

Caplis filed a lawsuit calling Spagnuolo's comments "slanderous lies and attacks."

Caplis confirmed Tuesday that he has dropped the lawsuit because Spagnuolo has not repeated the allegation, which Caplis called "complete garbage."

"I was the victim of violence by left-wing student radicals" who were upset over a bill he pushed through while he was active in student government, Caplis said.

Caplis said he was assaulted when he tried to assist a woman who was involved in a heated dispute with the group. "I never hit anybody, I was the victim," Caplis said.

Spagnuolo said he is happy the case has been dropped, saying it was a "frivolous lawsuit" filed "to keep activists quiet."

"We were prepared to go to court and defend ourselves because I was truthful in the statements that I made," Spagnuolo said. "At this point, I'm glad it's done. I can get back to work."

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