I closed this blog a while ago because of a foreign visitor from east of Poland. Not sure why, but if anyone wants to compromise this blog, they’re just practicing. Nevertheless, events have culminated in the Susan Shannon case that deserve a closeout.
Susan Shannon lost, rather catastrophically, the libel case.
This brings a very long and sad case to a close, for the vindicated Colonel who had his career ended by Ms. Shannon’s false accusation, and a fairly stunning rebuke for Ms. Shannon, who now owes the Colonel roughly $8 million.
It’s really hard to discuss, because Ms. Shannon is so clearly unwell. She has tremendously hurt her family, her marriage, her community, and her future, and she did so based on lies and fraud. This decision means that the jury believe that she decided to lie, she decided to intentionally hurt someone else, and she will pay for this….for life. The Jury awarded $5 mil in punitive damages, a stunning rebuke to her case. They did not believe her at all, and contrary to what I thought, the decision needed to be unanimous. A jury of her peers thought she was completely and utterly dishonest, and awarded a stunning rebuke in the financial penalty. Intentional torts, as this is, cannot be discharged via bankruptcy. This will follow her for the rest of her life. I suspect the family will sell their house, her neighbors apparently want her out anyway, and where can she go? She cannot outrun the decision.
And as sad as this is, it is justice. The Colonel cannot get his prior life back. His life was completely changed by her false accusation, so she deserves the punishment, even if it is harsh. But it is also hard to not feel sorry for her.
I challenged her about all of this a while back, and here is what she said about this case…
God, the REAL God of the universe … is behind me. HE will justify me in the end. He has lately provided the miracle that we needed to complete the funding for this entire fiasco. He has rejuvenated my soul. Also, we have all the evidence we need to win. Smear campaigns are for the desperate- for those who know they lack the means to win with facts. I have no intention of smearing Riggins in court. I don’t need to resort to such lowly tactics. Instead, I have a well laid out set of FACTS that the jury will see and from which will make their clear decision in my favor.
She has laid her entire case at the feet of God, who she apparently thinks does what she wants Him to. It was God who supported her, and God who would vindicate her, but…. Does this mean God convicted her? I doubt it. I suspect God loves Susan Shannon, but this was entirely a case of her own actions convicting her, not a case of God getting involved. God loves her, but this does not excuse dishonesty and libel. God is probably with her right now, but she is still guilty.
At the end of the day, she has a long road to redemption. She has caused suffering in others’ lives by her accusations and falsehoods. In being being forced, not through her own maturity, but finally, legally, accepting responsibility for these actions, her legal guilt will cause more suffering, only this time to her family. I hope she can find a way to change her path to be a force for good in the world, instead of hurting people everywhere she goes.