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Ohio Bakery Awarded $11 Million in Libel Lawsuit Against Oberlin College Over Alleged Racial Profiling

Oberlin College Vice President and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo sits in Lorain County Common Pleas Court in Elyria, Ohio, on Tuesday. PHOTO: The Blade/Andy Morrison Raimondo

By Holly Yan and Hollie Silverman | 11 June 2019

CNN — An Ohio jury has ordered Oberlin College to pay $11 million to a bakery which said it was libeled and wrongfully accused of racially profiling students.

The case stems from the November 2016 arrests of three black Oberlin students at Gibson’s Bakery and market near the college’s campus in Oberlin, Ohio.

One student, Jonathan Aladin, was accused of attempted robbery for allegedly trying to “steal wine or otherwise illegally obtain wine” from the bakery, according to a defamation lawsuit. He would eventually confess in a written statement to trying to buy alcohol illegally.

The two other suspects were arrested and accused of misdemeanor assault, court documents state.

After that, Oberlin staff members tried to discredit the family-owned bakery, the lawsuit says. […]

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