A federal judge has dismissed a convicted felon's $75 million libel lawsuit against OC Weekly and a veteran staff writer after concluding the accusations had no merit.
In his Nov. 6 ruling, Judge George H. King declared that Delecia Ann Holt, a convicted thief and failed Orange County and San Diego County Republican congressional candidate, filed a frivolous lawsuit alleging that an Aug. 2011 article by Matt Coker used falsehoods to “sadistically” cause her “to suffer ongoing emotional and physical stress.”
Holt failed to identify any alleged falsehoods, according to King.
Coker's article outlined Holt's criminal woes and convictions for a series of thefts including stealing a Mercedes Benz and defrauding Orange County hotels.
From her cell at the Central California Women's Facility at Chowchilla, Holt alleged in August that it was Coker's lengthy news report on her illegal behavior that wrecked her public persona–not her crimes.
King apparently wasn't amused by the weakness of Holt's case. He also rejected her attempt to claim pauper status to get taxpayers to pay the cost of the lawsuit filing fee. He ordered her to pay $350 to the court clerk at the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.
R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.