A Philadelphia judge’s defamation suit alleging he was cast as a corrupt villain in a book about the criminal trial of infamous abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell has been sent back to Philadelphia Court after it was temporarily removed by the defendants to federal court.

A federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District last week remanded the lawsuit that Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart’s lawsuit lodged against the publisher of “Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer.”

One of the defendants, Pennsylvania Media Associates, had argued that Minehart fraudulently joined it into the case solely in an effort to create local jurisdiction, but Eastern District Judge Anita Brody rejected that argument.

“Because Judge Minehart’s claim of civil conspiracy is colorable, and defendants have not shown that Judge Minehart does not intend to pursue his claim against, or seek judgment from, PMA, defendants have not met their ‘heavy burden,’” Brody said.