Judge Won't Toss Sherrod's Defamation Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (July 28, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Thursday refused to toss a defamation suit lodged by former U.S. Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod against conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart over a doctored video he posted last year of Sherrod appearing to make racist remarks.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon denied Breitbart's initial motion to dismiss Sherrod's complaint as well as a separate motion to toss the suit under Washington's 2010 statute barring strategic lawsuits against public participation, also called the anti-SLAPP law. Judge Leon did not publish a...
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