Friday, April 3, 2009
Judge tosses libel suit against Chronicle
An Alameda County judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Oakland City Councilwoman Desley Brooks against the Chron and columnist Chip Johnson, the paper reported today. Brooks claimed she was defamed by a piece saying she was being investigated for allegedly taking kickbacks for hiring a city employee. Brooks was never charged, but the judge in the libel case said she also never proved that what was said in the article was provably false.