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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Judge Allows Condit's Defamation Suit to Proceed

Court TV is reporting that U. S. District Judge Peter K. Leisure has now allowed part of former California Congressman Gary Condit's defamation lawsuit against writer Dominick Dunne to go forward. Condit originally filed the suit against Dunne in December of 2002, after Dunne appeared on various talk shows including "Larry King Live" and theorized about the disappearance of intern Chandra Levy.  Court TV elaborates that according to the judge, Dunne also connected Condit to the disappearance by saying, "I believe firmly that he knows more than what he has ever said." Condit had also claimed that statements Dunne made in newspapers were also defamatory, but Leisure dismissed those parts of the suit.

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