Here’s the question: Is it possible to chill the First Amendment rights of a felon with a personal worth of $700 million who hangs out with the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Ted Turner?

Yes, indeed, said Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charles W. McCoy. In a four-page order (later subsumed in a settlement of the underlying litigation), the judge told accountant Richard A. Bergman to pay attorney fees to Michael Milken on the ground that the erstwhile junk-bond king was the victim of a SLAPP suit. Bergman v. Milken , BC139667.

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