Judge Dismisses Suit by Rep. Gary Condit Against Newspaper

By: A judge has dismissed former US Congressman Gary Condit's defamation lawsuit against an Arizona newspaper that ran an article claiming the Democrat lied to investigators about his relationship Chandra Levy, a Washington intern who was found dead.

The Sonoran News -- a weekly serving communities north of Phoenix -- had included the statement regarding Condit in a 2005 article.

Condit served 13 years in Congress before losing a re-election campaign in 2002 after he became caught up the Levy case. She disappeared in 2001 and her remains were found in May 2002 in a Washington DC park.

Condit denied he had anything to do with her disappearance or death.

In her dismissal of the suit Judge Kristin Hoffman of Maricopa County Superior Court ruled that Condit is a public figure and that he failed to prove that the statement was false.


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