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Judge Leisure

GARY CONDIT, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and former California congressman, sued columnist and author Dominick Dunne for slander based on comments made by defendant during appearances on “ The Laura Ingraham Show” and “ Larry King Live.” Plaintiff claimed that defendant uttered false statements that implicated plaintiff in an alleged kidnapping and/or murder of Chandra Levy, an acquaintance of plaintiff who disappeared in 2001. The court refused to dismiss the slander suit, concluding that plaintiff has asserted enough facts to survive dismissal based on comments made by defendant about the Levy case on three national talk shows and at dinner parties where he regaled guests with rumors concerning plaintiff congressman. The court said that “[t]his action brings the Court to the tire-streaked intersection of the right of one citizen to protect his reputation and the right of another citizen to speak freely.”

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