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Judge throws out ESPN libel suit

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A judge found ESPN did nothing malicious in its reporting of claims that a former Syracuse assistant basketball coach sexually abused two ballboys decades ago and his wife had a sexual relationship with one of them.

The libel case came down to whether the wife, Laurie Fine, was a public or private figure. As a public figure, she would have to show malice in the 2012 lawsuit she filed against the network.

U.S. Magistrate Judge David E. Peebles threw out the lawsuit Friday.

DIVISION II: Alex Richter scored 26 to lead Augustana of South Dakota (34-2) to the Division II championship, 90-81 over Lincoln Memorial of Tennessee in Frisco, Texas.

Judge throws out ESPN libel suit 03/26/16 [Last modified: Saturday, March 26, 2016 11:29pm]
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