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** FILE ** Then-ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod listens during a panel discussion at the National Association of Black Journalists Annual Convention in this July 29, 2010, file photo taken in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

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Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, in a statement on his website, expressed confidence that he will be vindicated in a defamation suit being brought by former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod arising from a video of her that he posted. (Associated Press)

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Former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Then-ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod listens during a panel discussion at the National Association of Black Journalists Annual Convention in this July 29, 2010, file photo taken in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack embraces former department official Shirley Sherrod in Washington on Tuesday. Sherrod, ousted in a racial misunderstanding last month, declined to return to the agency.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, right, puts his arm around former Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, left, as they conclude a press conference at the Agriculture Department in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010. Mrs. Sherrod, the Agriculture Department official ousted during a racial firestorm last month, declined Tuesday to return to the agency, though she said it was tempting. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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In this picture provided by the National Association of Black Journalists, Shirley Sherrod speaks to student members at the NABJ Convention in San Diego, Calif., on Thursday, July 29, 2010. (AP Photo/National Association of Black Journalists, Eric Burse)

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Associated Press photographs Ousted federal employee Shirley Sherrod addresses a black journalists convention Thursday in San Diego. She said she would take legal action against blogger Andrew Breitbart.

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Ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod speaks during a panel discussion at the annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists on Thursday, July 29, 2010, in San Diego. Mrs. Sherrod said she will sue conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, who last week posted an edited video of her making racially tinged remarks. In the full speech, Mrs. Sherrod spoke of racial reconciliation and lessons she learned after initially hesitating to help a white farmer save his home. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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** FILE ** An undated photo provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows USDA official Shirley Sherrod. (AP Photo/United States Department of Agriculture)

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Illustration: Shirley Sherrod

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Fired Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod is contemplating a lawsuit against blogger Andrew Breitbart for an edited video of her that he posted. (Associated Press)

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President Obama personally has called and apologized to the former Agriculture Department worker, Shirley Sherrod, who was fired this week after comments she made in a two-minute video clip which sparked claims of racism and a media frenzy. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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An undated photo provided by the United States Department of Agriculture shows USDA official Shirley Sherrod. Mrs. Sherrod is at the center of a racially tinged firestorm involving the Obama administration and the NAACP. Mrs. Sherrod was ousted Tuesday by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack over her comments that she didn't give a white farmer as much help as she could have 24 years ago. (AP Photo/United States Department of Agriculture)

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Tighe Barry fom Los Angeles, Calif., right, and Zaccai Free, left, join a rally outside the Department of Agriculture building in Washington on Wednesday, July 21, in support of Shirley Sherrod, a former Agriculture Department's director of rural development in Georgia. The protesters demanded that Mrs. Sherrod be reinstated to her job (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs pauses as he speaks with reporters on Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at the White House in Washington, about the apparently wrongful firing of a black U.S. Agriculture Department official, Shirley Sherrod, after it appeared she had made racist remarks in unfair and heavily edited video posted on a conservative website. Mr. Gibbs says Mrs. Sherrod is owed an apology for the rush to judgement after the full video indicated those remarks were taken out of context. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack tells reporters he acted in haste in firing Shirley Sherrod, a black U.S. Agriculture Department official, after it appeared she had made racist remarks in unfair and heavily edited video posted on a conservative website, during a news conference at the Department of Agriculture in Washington, Wednesday, July 21, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack tells reporters he acted in haste in regards to Shirley Sherrod, a black U.S. Agriculture Department official, after it appeared she had made racist remarks in unfair and heavily edited video posted on a conservative website, during a news conference at the Department of Agriculture in Washington, Wednesday, July 21, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Kenyatta Sherrod, left, and Russia Sherrod, the children of Shirley Sherrod, speak to a reporter after a rally in support for their mother on Wednesday, July 21, 2010, in Albany, Ga. The White House did a sudden about-face Wednesday and begged for forgiveness from the black Agriculture Department employee whose ouster ignited an embarrassing political firestorm over race. (AP Photo/The Albany Herald, Terry Lewis)

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Mikhiela Sherrod, daugher-in-law of Shirley Sherrod, speaks during a rally in Albany, Ga., Wednesday, July 21, 2010. The White House did a sudden about-face Wednesday and begged for forgiveness from the black Agriculture Department employee whose ouster ignited an embarrassing political firestorm over race. (AP Photo/The Albany Herald, Terry Lewis)