Judge considering a motion to dismiss

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

A lawsuit by A.D. “Andy” Andrews, landscape tree grower and publisher of the Levy County Journal, against the Chiefland Citizen is being considered for dismissal by Circuit Judge David O. Glant.

Lawyers for both sides argued the merits of keeping the suit alive or dismissing it in Glant’s chambers on Monday morning,.

Attorneys for the Citizen and a former reporter argued that the reporting on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation and the subsequent decision by State Attorney Bill Cervone to not prosecute the 11 persons investigated for possible voter fraud in Chiefland city elections is covered by the fair reporting privilege.

That concept holds that publications cannot be successfully sued for reporting the activities of government agencies and their officials.

They also argued that Andrews’ suit was improperly handled and should be dismissed, rather than allowing him to amend it and move forward.

The suit, originally filed in June 2008, claimed Andrews was defamed and placed in a false light by 14 articles published in the Citizen from August to January 2008.

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