Judge throws out lawsuit against congressman

PONTIAC (AP) -- A defamation lawsuit filed by Republican challenger Rocky Raczkowski against Democratic incumbent Gary Peters in last year's 9th District congressional race has been thrown out.

Last Wednesday's dismissal by an Oakland County court was announced via a statement from Mark Brewer, the state Democratic Party chairman who also was a defendant in the suit.

Peters defeated Raczkowski on Nov. 2 to earn a second term in Washington.

Raczkowski claimed an ad by the Peters campaign about a lawsuit involving a ticket sales business he operated was defamatory.

Peters' lawyer, Christopher Trebilcock, tells The Oakland Press his client is happy the lawsuit was determined to be without merit.

Raczkowski says he's exploring an appeal.

Published: Mon, Jan 31, 2011