LA Deputy DA Can't Ditch Atty's Suit Over Shared Sext

Law360, Los Angeles (October 18, 2016, 9:30 PM EDT) -- A California judge said Tuesday that a Los Angeles deputy district attorney didn't have a First Amendment right to show her colleagues a sext sent to her ex-husband by his girlfriend, both of whom are public defenders.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson issued a written tentative ruling indicating he would deny a motion from the deputy DA, Lisa Tanner, to strike the girlfriend's suit under California’s law barring lawsuits that restrict free speech, known as the anti-SLAPP statute.

Tanner, who works in the Los Angeles DA office's Victim Impact Program Unit, had argued her decision to show her colleagues...

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