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Court of Appeals upholds judge's tossing of defamation case over book

gavel_rgbJACKSON — The Mississippi Court of Appeals has agreed with a judge’s rejection of defamation claims that an FBI agent made in a lawsuit against authors of a book about a judicial bribery case.

The appeals court issued its ruling Tuesday.

In December 2010, FBI agent Hal Neilson sued authors Tom Dawson and Alan Lange and a publishing company.

The lawsuit claimed Dawson, a retired assistant U.S. attorney, and Lange, who runs the Y’all Politics blog, lied and made slanderous statements about Neilson in the book, “King of Torts,” as retaliation for Neilson filing a 2001 complaint against Dawson.

A Lafayette County circuit judge ruled for the authors in 2012. The publishing company was dismissed from the lawsuit.

Neilson was the supervising agent for the FBI’s Oxford’s office from 1998 through 2008.

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