- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

PROVO, Utah (AP) - A judge has been asked to decide a defamation lawsuit in which a Utah County Republican Party member is seeking $1 in damages from a party leader.

Member Julie Blaney claims in a lawsuit that county vice chairman Daryl Acumen wrongly accused her of misusing party money.

Blaney told the Deseret News (https://bit.ly/1pjjM51) that Acumen knew the accusation was false but told other people about it.

Acumen’s attorney says he was only doing his diligence as a party leader to see if an investigation was needed.

Blaney’s attorney says she’s only seeking $1 because she wanted to clear her name.

A state judge is expected to rule on the matter within about 30 days.

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