Character Assassination? 

According to Kirkley Evans, the Idaho Statesman has destroyed his character and his chance for wealth, and he wants $10 million for it.

Evans, currently an inmate at the Ada County Jail, has refiled a lawsuit against the daily paper claiming that it acted with "wanton, willful, reckless, malice and with gross negligence," thereby violating his Constitutional rights.

It's the same lawsuit he filed on Jan. 14 in U.S. District Court, and which was promptly dismissed without prejudice on Jan. 24 by Judge Edward Lodge.

The case stems from Evans' July 11, 2007, arrest in Garden City. According to Evans, the Statesman ran a story which cited possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia as the reason for the arrest. He takes issue with the story.

BW conducted a thorough search for the story in question and was not able to locate it. Neither was the Statesman, which has not been served with the lawsuit, according to publisher Mi-Ai Parrish.

Evans claims that the story has caused him grief and financial loss, as well as slandered his character and that of his family.

The financial loss is based on his claim that he had been offered a job as the corporate director of a mining company—the Gold Hill Gold II Corporation, according to the first lawsuit—and with it, 49 percent of all gross earnings and profits. He goes on to state that the company's mining claim was valued at $5 billion.

According to Evans, the alleged report in the Statesman prompted the mining company's board of directors to fire him.

The resulting assault on his character affected not only him, but "[The] bord [sic] of directors, my personal life, and much pain and charictor [sic] damage to my famley [sic], mother, father, siblings and not least of all my children."

Because of this, Evans believes he deserves $10 million for legal fees and lost wages, a printed apology from the paper, as well at the ability to publish 20,000 words—either in articles or advertising—in the Statesman. He does make the allowance that the Statesman's editors can possibly edit the content.

Of course, Evans' character may be more at risk from his arrest on Oct. 1, 2007, for allegedly shooting at a Meridian Police officer after the officer saw Evans acting suspiciously near a convenience store.

Evans took off and managed to escape the cops, but he's accused of stealing a pickup truck in the effort to get away.

Police later tracked down Evans to a home in west Boise, where he was arrested.

The case is also tied to the death of Sarah Stanfield, who was shot eight times by police after leading them on a high-speed chase.

Stanfield was wanted on outstanding warrants but was also believed to have hidden Evans while he was on the run from the cops.

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