Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

John Grisham, Barry Scheck, Others Sued for Defamation

Bill Peterson, an Oklahoma DA, and Gary Rogers, a former OSBI agent, are suing John Grisham and several others for defamation in connection with the decades old murder case of Debbie Sue Carter. Mr. Peterson and Mr. Rogers were involved in the prosecution and conviction of two men who were eventually freed based on DNA evidence. Now, one of the exonerated men, Dennis Fritz, is also a defendant in the suit. The plaintiffs in the suit are unhappy of the contents of Mr. Grisham's book The Innocent Man, which is about the trial, Mr. Fritz's book Journey Toward Justice, a book by Mr. Fritz's lawyer Barry Scheck, Actual Innocence, another author, Robert Mayer, and the publisher Doubleday Dell. Read more here.

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