Axed Kansas City Star columnist Steve Penn’s defamation lawsuit against his former employer was “voluntarily dismissed” this morning in Jackson County Court.
Without prejudice…meaning Penn can (and apparently will) refile the case as soon as a certain key witness’s mother either passes away or gets better.
“A witness Plaintiff believes is critical to a fair presentation of the issues called Plaintiff’s counsel to advise that the witness’ elderly mother had fallen and hit her head, with uncertain prognosis, and that the witness was on his way to be with his mother and could not be available for trial,” reads Penn’s filing.
A perusal of Penn’s witness list would lead one to the almost inescapable conclusion that said “key witness” is none other than the 600 pound gorilla known lovingly among local sports fans as Jason Whitlock. Longtime Star sports section readers are well acquainted with Whitlock’s penchant for boasting about his momma’s cooking.
And don’t forget, an apparent friend of Penn’s contacted KCC last week boasting about how “The witness list is awesome. Jason Whitlock and Mike Fannin get to slug it out some more. “
Penn’s lawyer could not be reached for comment and the Star’s attorney did not respond to a request for a comment.