Hilton Head judge wins $6M in Sea Pines defamation lawsuit

jury awarded a Hilton Head Island judge more than $6 million in damages Wednesday in a defamation suit against Sea Pines’ security chief and its property owners association. The decision followed six days of testimony on Municipal Court Judge Maureen Coffey’s lawsuit, which accused the Sea Pines’ property owners association, Community Services Associates, and its security chief, George Breed, of harassing and defaming her and her family while authorities investigated a series of break-ins in 2004 and 2008, in which her adopted brother was a suspect.

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