Brian Young, Dave Wells, Steve Richmond, and Tim Corbett v. Henry Davis, Jr.
To All Media
From Henry Davis, Jr.
In Reference to Brian Young, Dave Wells, Steve Richmond, and Tim Corbett
v. Henry Davis, Jr.
Today, the St. Joseph Superior Court entered a judgment in my favor denying the claims of law
enforcement officers Brian Young, Dave Wells, Steve Richmond, and Tim Corbett that I defamed them
when I wrote a letter to the United States Department of Justice asking the DOJ to investigate the
patterns and practices of the South Bend Police Department.
I am pleased by the Court’s ruling. I received a fair day in court. I am also grateful for the hard
work of my defense counsel, Bob Masters. And, I am humbled by the support of my wife, my family,
and my friends and neighbors, especially my friends and neighbors in South Bend’s Second District,
who have stood by me these many long years while this case made its way through the legal system.
I wrote my letter DOJ in the wake of South Bend’s police tapes controversy because I felt I
owed it to my Second District constituents to give a voice to their concerns. A council member’s job
is to speak up for his constituents even if - and especially when - speaking up may be the unpopular
thing to do. The Court’s decision is not just a victory for me, but also one for free speech. Every
American should have the right to engage in political discourse without fear of a defamation lawsuit.
When I decided to once again seek the Second District common council seat this election year,
I promised the voters of the Second District I would always be their voice. If I am elected in
November, I will always put my constituents’ concerns first and foremost. I will also work with our
local law enforcement agencies to make South Bend a better, safer place for all residents.
Enclosure: Decision in
Cause No. 71D04-1405-CT-000142
For Media Inquires, Please Contact:
A. Robert Masters
Attorney at Law
Nemeth, Feeney, Masters & Campiti, P.C.
350 Columba Street
South Bend, Indiana 46601