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Augusta Sheriff Wins Again in Legal Battle with Radical

By: Carl Langley
web posted April 30, 2008
GUEST COLOUMN – The Georgia Court of Appeals has handed down a decision that even the most incompetent of lawyers can understand. The court, in an announcement made public Tuesday, upheld a ruling by an Augusta judge who ordered an Aiken radio station owner and a loud mouth, brainless talk show host to fork over more than $6 million for slandering Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength.

The message here is that anyone with an ounce of sense show know what he or she is talking about when you take to the airwaves and call someone a murderer.
Frank Neely, owner of the Aiken gospel station WAAW, and Brian Lamont Doyle, who pollutes the airwaves under the name of Ryan B., were the targets of Strength’s defamation lawsuit.

I have long been an admirer of the sheriff and proudly hail his victory. I hope he ends up owning the station because such a transfer would bring a bit of welcome relief for those weary of listening to Ryan B.’s monologues.

Strength isn’t the only problem Neely and Doyle are having to deal with. Still pending against the two is another verdict, this one an award of more than $1 million to Augusta radio talk show host Austin Rhodes.

Ryan B. and his benefactor Neely apparently were equal opportunity slanderers.
Ryan B., who harbors a visceral hatred of white people, even those who have never harmed him, is highly toxic and should be avoided at all cost. Apparently Neely is walking around in a daze because Ryan B. is still working at the radio station.

Ryan B., whose main claim to fame is butchering the English language while scolding anyone who disagrees with him, won himself a federal jail term for stealing government money that supposedly was to finance medical care for senior citizens.

Now freed from confinment, he busies himself lecturing to others about such virtues as honesty, integrity, faith and other wholesome attributes, while at the same time scolding others, mostly white folks and a few blacks, for failures in good citizenship.

For the record there are other lawsuits pending against Ryan B. and the radio station, these filed by prominent black leaders in the Augusta community who have spent many years doing good things.

Like all liars and cowards, Neely and Ryan B. are hiding out in the tall grass and hoping that they will be overlooked in the passage of time. The Augusta Chronicle noted in a story about the appeals court decision that Neely could not be reached for comment about his rejected appeal of the $6.35 million award handed down by Judge Duncan Wheale.

Ryan B., who didn’t appeal the original decision, and Neely are like a lot of troublemakers and charlatans. They never gave any thought to what is readily evident to even the most simple-minded: that is, when you make charges you can’t back up judgment day will arrive and wild accusations will have to be proved.

I have tuned into the station from time to time on a slow morning just to listen to Ryan B.’s mindless harangues against those who have fallen out of his favor. It is hilarious most of the time, but when he gets serious he starts skating about on thin ice.

I would think that by this time, especially considering the burden of the judgment levied against him by the courts, Mr. Neely would be ready to toss Ryan B., overboard, but some people never learn.

If real justice is served, the radio station will be turned over to Strength, Rhodes and the others lined up with their lawsuits. If that happens, I suggest dismissing Ryan B. and putting some good country and western sides on the air.


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