Hats Off, Blog Battle On

A Derby official is suing a former mayoral candidate over what was posted on a blog

A battle between the chairman of the Derby Democratic Town Committee and a former mayoral candidate has gotten ugly and had led to a lawsuit. It all has to do with some nasty comments on a blog.

Derby Democratic Town Committee Samuel Rizzitelli claims that the "Derby Politics" blog, written by former mayoral candidate Melvin Thompson, has defamed him.

The blog has made derogatory comments against various individuals, referring to some as mobsters or members of the Ku Klux Klan.

The blog, Rizzitelli's lawyer said, has affected his client to the point where he can't sleep at night. The statements made about Rizzitelli are outrageous and have clearly crossed the line many times, the lawyer said.

In May, police got a search warrant for Thompson’s home after Rizzitelli complained that Thompson demanded money in exchange for removing comments from the blog, the New Haven Register reports.

Thompson says the lawsuit is a desperate act "filed by a desperate man."

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