- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) - A former district attorney is planning to appeal a judge’s decision to dismiss her defamation lawsuit against sponsors of a failed citizens’ petition to investigate her conduct in office.

Former District Attorney Janice Steidley filed a lawsuit against five Rogers County residents for libel, slander and invasion of privacy for sponsoring the 2013 petition. The suit also named The Daily Progress (https://bit.ly/1QqjyEt ) and three of its former employees as defendants.

District Judge Russell Vaclaw rejected the suit under the 2014 Oklahoma Citizens Participation Act, which prohibits government officials from filing litigation against outspoken citizens exercising their basic rights to free speech, petition and assembly.

Gary L. Richardson, Steidley’s lead lawyer in the case, said the appeal will be filed “sooner than later.”


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

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