Court hears arguments in lawmaker's defamation lawsuit

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 4, 2015 at 3:30 a.m.



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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court is weighing whether a campaign ad campaign defamed a state senator.

The Nevada Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/1FmqvC7 ) that the court heard oral arguments Wednesday in State Sen. Ben Kieckhefer's suit, which was filed against Republican challenger Gary Schmidt during the June 2014 primary race.

According to Kieckhefer, Schmidt falsely claimed in a commercial that Kieckhefer endorsed Democratic U.S. Sen. Harry Reid's 2010 re-election bid.

A district court judge granted Kieckhefer a preliminary injunction days before the primary, ordering the commercial pulled from the air.

Schmidt countersued for more than $10,000 and appealed the ruling.

Kieckhefer defeated Schmidt in the District 16 primary race and went on to win the general election.

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Information from: Nevada Appeal, http://www.nevadaappeal.com

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