Everett Leader Herald editor Joshua Resnik has admitted under oath that he fabricated stories about the city’s mayor, Carlo DeMaria, according to Boston Herald reporter Flint McColgan. Resnik offered his concession during a deposition in DeMaria’s libel case against the Leader Herald, Resnik, and the paper’s owners, Matthew and Andrew Philbin.

Granted, the story isn’t all that shocking. Earlier this year, Boston magazine reported that, in an earlier deposition, Resnik had admitted to concocting quotes as well as fabricating a story that DeMaria had taken a kickback in the Everett casino deal. And in late August, Middlesex Superior Court Judge William Bloomer froze properties belonging to Resnik and the Philbins because, he ruled, DeMaria was likely to win his case.

The only surprise is that the Leader Herald hasn’t reached a settlement with DeMaria.

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