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Marc Jones, who served as deputy chief of staff for former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, filed a “rather unusual claim of defamation” against Williams in 2002, according to a D.C. Court of Appeals ruling last week that dismissed Jones’ suit. The ruling, which reversed a D.C. Superior Court judge’s decision, found that Williams had absolute immunity as mayor for negative statements he made to the press about Jones’ alleged role in fund-raising irregularities by the mayor’s executive office. Jones, who agreed that Williams had the right to fire him in 2001, “does not appear to assert that he is innocent of wrongdoing,” but he argued that Williams “is also culpable because he knew about and even authorized improper fund-raising,” the opinion states. Jones accused Williams of firing him as the fall guy to protect his own political career after several news organizations questioned the fund-raising activities. Williams argued in the suit that he had absolute immunity as mayor for his statements about Jones, regardless of his own motives, and the court agreed.
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