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Baltimore Councilwoman Sues Blogger For Libel

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Councilwoman Belinda Conaway is suing a political blogger and his publisher for $21 million for libel and defamation over a column that alleged she did not live in the city.

The suit filed Tuesday alleges an Examiner.com column by Adam Meister is meant to fool the public into thinking that Conaway lives in Baltimore County and force her out of office.

On election documents, Conaway lists a Baltimore City address used by several members of her politically active family.

Conaway’s attorney, Thomas Maronick, says the Randallstown home in Baltimore County is listed on tax records as a primary residence since Conaway and her husband file jointly and he lives there part-time. He says Conaway seeks to correct the records.

Meister says he backed up his allegations with documents.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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