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1/9/2005

Judge tosses out Ramsey slander suit

Times-Call Wire Report

DENVER — A federal judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit that was filed by the parents of JonBenet Ramsey against the Fox News Channel, saying a report unfavorable to the Ramseys was not defamatory.

In a ruling made public Friday, U.S. District Judge Phillip Figa said litigation in defamation cases could chill constitutionally protected free speech rights and because of that, the facts in such cases must be established with “convincing clarity.