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Appeal from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia (Hon. Curtis E. von Kann, Trial Judge)

Argued June 12, 2001

In this case, appellants, Mrs. Brenda Beeton and her husband Mr. Dennis Beeton, employees of the District of Columbia Department of Corrections (“DOC”), *fn1 challenge the trial judge’s decision in favor of appellees, the District of Columbia (“the District”), Leon Hammond, and Vincent Gibbons, on their claims for defamation, loss of consortium, and wrongful discharge. Mrs. Beeton argues that the trial court erroneously concluded that: (1) she was a public official and therefore had to prove actual malice to prevail on her defamation claim, and (2) the unliquidated damages she sought for wrongful termination were unrecoverable. *fn2 She also argues that the evidence warranted damages in excess of $60,000. *fn3

 
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