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Monday, March 10, 2014

Skakel Defamation Lawsuit Against Nancy Grace May Proceed, Judge Rules

A U. S. District Court judge is allowing Michael Skakel's defamation suit against defendants Nancy Grace, Beth Karas, and Time Warner producers to go forward. Judge Vanessa L. Bryant did not accept the defendants' argument that their statements that Mr. Skakel's DNA found at the scene of Martha Moxley's murder in 1975 were, although technically false, substantially true. She also refused to dismiss the plaintiff's false light claim because it is based on the same facts. She also declined to determine at this point whether Mr. Skakel is a public figure for purposes of the litigation. Read the ruling here. More on the ruling here from the New York Times.

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