Judge dismisses Kato's lawsuitJanuary 10, 1997
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LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- A federal judge has dismissed Brian "Kato" Kaelin's libel lawsuit against a tabloid newspaper.
O.J. Simpson's former house guest claimed he was libeled by the National Examiner in an October 10, 1995, article that accused him of committing a crime.
In granting summary judgment for the defendents, U.S. District Judge Dickran Tevrizian ruled earlier this week that Kaelin failed to show the National Examiner doubted the truth of its own story, or acted with reckless disregard for the truth, which is a basic requirment to prove a libel case.
"While National Examiner employees might not have acted with the professionalism that would be expected at a more reputable journalistic institution before running the article about (Kaelin), the failure to act reasonably is not enought to establish malice," the judge said in his ruling.
Phone calls by CNN to Kaelin's attorney Gary Bostwick were not returned.
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