- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) - The Rogers County sheriff and two others have been dropped as defendants in a defamation lawsuit filed by District Attorney Janice Steidley.

Steidley and two assistants sued last fall over a failed petition drive aimed at removing Steidley from office. The lawsuit alleges libel and defamation after the petition accused Steidley and others of witness tampering, wiretapping and other crimes.

A judge dismissed the petition in October, saying organizers used unauthorized paperwork while gathering signatures.

The Claremore Daily Progress reports (https://bit.ly/PsLdgy ) the plaintiffs were dismissed this week as result of a mediated agreement calling for Walton and two others to pay a portion of Steidley’s legal fees in exchange for being removed as defendants.

The proposed settlement says the lawsuit is being dropped in the interest of Rogers County citizens.

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Information from: Claremore Daily Progress, https://www.claremoreprogress.com

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