Thursday, September 18, 2008

Judge dismisses libel suit against John Grisham
By Sean Murphy, Associated Press Writer Thu Sep 18,

OKLAHOMA CITY - A federal judge has dismissed a libel lawsuit filed against best-selling author John Grisham (AP pic left) and two other writers over books they wrote about the wrongful conviction of two men in a 1982 murder.

The lawsuit was filed last year by former Pontotoc County District Attorney Bill Peterson, former Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation investigator Gary Rogers and Melvin Hett, a state criminalist. All three helped win the original convictions in the slaying of cocktail waitress Debbie Sue Carter.

The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants conspired to commit libel, generate publicity for themselves by placing the plaintiffs in a false light and intentionally inflicted emotional distress.
But U.S. District Judge Ronald White rejected those claims in his ruling Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.
Read the full Yahoo News/AP report here.

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