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L. Lin Wood, L. Lin Wood P.C., Atlanta. (Photo: John Disney/ALM) L. Lin Wood, L. Lin Wood P.C., Atlanta. (Photo: John Disney/ALM)

Atlanta libel lawyer Lin Wood on Tuesday sued The Washington Post for $250 million on behalf of a Kentucky teenager whose face-to-face encounter with a Native American protester at the Lincoln Memorial last month generated an international media firestorm.

Wood branded the Post’s online and print coverage of 16-year-old Nicholas Sandmann’s encounter with Native American activist Nathan Phillips “a modern-day form of McCarthyism.” The suit seeks $50 million in compensatory damages and $200 million in punitive damages—an amount Wood said is equal to the price Jeff Bezos paid for the newspaper when he bought it in 2013.

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R. Robin McDonald

Daily Report reporter R. Robin McDonald's journalism career includes stints as a staff writer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Wichita Eagle, and The Anniston Star and as a trial tracker at CourtTV and CNN. She is the author of two true crime books -- Black Widow: The True Story of the Hilley Poisonings and Secrets Never Lie: The Death of Sara Tokars.

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