Lawsuit Against Gallup Paper Dismissed

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By: Scott Sandlin | Albuquerque Journal

A Gallup judge has dismissed the sole remaining claim against The Gallup Independent newspaper and its publisher, Robert Zollinger, in a lawsuit filed by former Mayor Harry Mendoza.

The claim was that the Independent had held Mendoza in a false light and invaded his privacy, but District Judge Louis DePauli ruled that New Mexico does not recognize that kind of claim as one that can be brought by a public figure.

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