Natalie Maines Wins Again in Court
Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines, who was sued for defamation more than a year ago, has not only had her name cleared but will now recoup her court costs and attorney fees as well. The suit was raised over statements the singer made on the band’s website, implying Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of one of three boys murdered in Arkansas in 1993, may have been guilty of the crime.
The murders, which attracted nationwide media attention, resulted in a trio of men, known as the West Memphis Three, being convicted and charged with the crime. Natalie, along with Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder and Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder, have publicly claimed the three men currently in prison for the murders are innocent.
Terry Hobbs read Natalie’s implication that he was guilty of the crime on the Dixie Chicks website, and then sued the singer for defamation. The judge dismissed the case late last year, and has now ruled that Hobbs must reimburse Natalie’s $17,590 legal fees.