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Defamation suit by former NC Democratic Party staffer moves forward

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By Derick Waller

A former staff member's defamation suit against the North Carolina Democratic party will move forward.

Judge Howard Manning heard pretrial arguments Tuesday morning in Wake County Superior Court. Lawyers for Adriadn Ortega argued party chairman David Parker defamed their client in an April 19 news conference. As part of discovery, Manning ordered the defense to turn over Parker’s notes from that news conference.

Judge Manning also order Parker to take part in a deposition.

Kieran Shanahan, attorney for Ortega, said, “Judge Manning got the case back on track, in my opinion, and told Mr. Parker, he must answer and explain, under oath, not only the statements he made, but the basis for those statements, so on behalf of Mr. Ortega, we're glad to see the case move forward."

Attorneys for Parker argued in court that television news video from that news conference was all the plaintiffs needed. They also wanted the case thrown out since Ortega already agreed to a settlement over previous sexual harassment allegations.

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