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Judge weighs depositions of magazine employees

By The Associated Press
Published On: Apr 13 2013 09:05:58 AM MDT

A state judge is deciding whether to require an editor and reporter of a national magazine to submit to depositions sooner rather than later in a defamation lawsuit filed by Idaho Falls businessman Frank VanderSloot.
In January, the CEO of Melaleuca filed a lawsuit against Mother Jones alleging the magazine knowingly and maliciously published false statements. A February 2012 story in the magazine depicted VanderSloot as a "gay basher" - a claim the millionaire and Republican activist denies.
The Post Register reports (http://bit.ly/ZLbfLF ) that district judge Darla Williamson is expected to rule next week if the magazine editor, reporter and two other staff should take part in depositions before considering the magazine's motion to dismiss the case.
VanderSloot is seeking nearly $75,000 in damages from the magazine.