Conn. Reporter Escapes Judicial Marshal's Defamation Suit

Law360 (August 19, 2019, 7:10 PM EDT) -- A courthouse marshal can’t go after the Connecticut journalist and television station that ran a story saying he was accused of sexually harassing a woman at the courthouse entrance, a superior court judge has decided.

Judicial marshal Michael Georgetti’s suit was a bid to stifle free speech, one blocked by the state’s anti-SLAPP statute, Judge M. Nawaz Wahla said Thursday in a ruling to dismiss the suit.

The key issue, Judge Wahla said, is whether the reporter and the television station were acting within the protections of the statute when they ran the story that the marshal says is untrue....

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