Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Defamation Suit Against John Grisham, Others Dismissed

U. S. District Judge Ronald White has dismissed a libel suit filed against best selling author John Grisham and two other men filed by three officials involved in the original trial of two defendants in the Debbie Sue Carter murder trial two decades ago. The two men convicted were later released, and another man, who had been a key witness in their trials, was convicted of the crime. The three plaintiffs in the lawsuit alleged that Mr. Grisham and the two other defendants attempted through their writings to generate publicity, to defame the plaintiffs, and to put them in a false light because of their actions during the trial and its aftermath. At issue were Mr. Grisham's book, The Innocent Man, and several other books, including The Dreams of Ada, and Actual Innocence. Read more here and here in an AP story.

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