The Boston Herald has lost a libel suit brought by a woman who charged the paper had falsely claimed she engaged in “sexual acts” while vis­iting an inmate at Bridge­water State Prison in 2009, David Frank of Mass­a­chu­setts Lawyers Weekly reports.

Lawyers Weekly has posted the jury’s ver­dict form, as well.

The plain­tiff, Joanna Mari­nova, was awarded about $563,000 in dam­ages. According to Frank, Marinova’s lawyer, David Rich, “argued that the story was intended to sen­sa­tion­alize a trip that his client and Rep. Gloria Fox made to the prison to inves­ti­gate alleged inci­dents of inmate abuse.”

Herald lawyer Peter Biagetti pro­vided a state­ment to Lawyers Weekly that reads in part: “The article was metic­u­lously researched, care­fully written and extremely well-​​documented. We are proud of it, and of the jour­nalist who wrote it.”

Read the article at WGBH →