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Officials lose bid to sue author Grisham over book
Associated Press
2010-02-02 07:45 AM
Three public officials involved in a 1982 murder case cannot sue best-selling author John Grisham for his book describing how the wrong men were convicted, a U.S. court ruled.

The federal appeals court in Denver ruled that three cannot revive their libel lawsuit against Grisham and two other writers.

Grisham's 2006 book on the case, "The Innocent Man," chronicled the slaying of an Oklahoma cocktail waitress and the wrongful convictions of Dennis Fritz and Ron Williamson. The other two writers who were sued also wrote about the case.

Investigator Gary Rogers, county prosecutor William Peterson and criminalist Melvin Hett said the writers defamed them and inflicted emotional distress.

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