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Source: Winchester Star
March 24, 2011
Nothing like a little jail house lawyering.
Jailed father with a 'broken heart' files $500,000 suit against son who informed on him
March 24, 2011
By Monty Tayloe
The Winchester Star
WINCHESTER- A federal inmate serving a 17-year drug sentence has filed a $500,000 defamation lawsuit against his son and daughter-in-law based on what he claims were untrue statements the couple made while informing on the father to prosecutors.
"The defendant's words have left the plaintiff without a son, without a relationship with the plaintiff's grandchildren and with a broken heart," Christopher F. Goad Sr., 53, stated in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Winchester Circuit Court against his son, Christopher F. Goad Jr., and daughter-in-law, Carrie Goad.
According to the complaint, the younger Goad and his wife were Winchester residents in 2008-09 when they allegedly made the false statements referred to in the suit.
Goad Sr. - who is representing himself in the matter - filed his lawsuit by mail from the Allenwood Federal Correctional Complex in White Deer, Pa., where he is serving a 17-year sentence for growing 1,117 marijuana plants in his Henrico County home in 2008, according to court documents.
In his lawsuit, Goad Sr. states that his son was also part of the marijuana-growing operation that led to his arrest, but wasn't charged because Goad Jr. and his wife gave false information to authorities accusing Goad Sr. of committing credit card fraud in their names.
According to the complaint, the couple told authorities and several credit card companies that Goad Sr. had racked up charges on American Express and Home Depot credit cards and a Wachovia bank card.
Goad Sr., however, states in his suit that the cards were actually being used by the defendants. He also accuses his son of lying about the nature of his involvement in the growing operation.
"The false words spoken by Chris Jr. relating to his involvement in the marijuana grow operation were spoken with the clear intent to damage the plaintiff and to further his cause in terms of no arrest or a lighter sentence."
According to court documents, this is not the first time Goad Sr. has tried to sue his son for defamation. A very similar lawsuit he filed in federal court in Virginia's Eastern District was dismissed earlier this year because the matter didn't fall under federal jurisdiction.
An order already entered in the Winchester case by Judge John E. Wetsel Jr. may indicate a similar fate for Goad's latest litigation.
In an order granting his request not to pay filing fees, Wetsel wrote that the case may have been filed too late.
"The statute of limitations may have run [out] on many, if not all, of the plaintiff's [actions]," Wetsel states.
Most of the causes for action cited by Goad have a one- to two-year statute of limitations, according to Wetsel's order.
No trial date has been set for the case. Goad Jr. and his wife could not be reached for comment.
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