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Judge takes MacDonald, Brodkorb motions under advisement

A Ramsey County judge early Thursday heard arguments in Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald’s defamation suit against blogger and former GOP party operative Michael Brodkorb.

Ramsey County District Court Judge Richard H. Kyle, Jr., heard competing motions in a one-hour hearing before taking the matter under advisement.

MacDonald’s motion seeks a default judgment in her favor. Brodkorb and his co-defendant, Allison Mann, are seeking summary judgment to dismiss the case.

MacDonald sued Brodkorb and his website, MissinginMinnesota.com, saying it has violated the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics by repeatedly defaming her. The site covers MacDonald’s alleged involvement in a family dispute that led to two teenage girls being hidden by their mother on a rural Minnesota ranch for 944 days.

MacDonald claims the site made repeated “false and defamatory” references to her as a “person of interest” in the case. It also alleges that the site repeatedly published what MacDonald calls a “false image” of her. A third count in the suit involves a 2013 traffic stop that she says Brodkorb has misrepresented publicly.

Minnesota Lawyer was present in the courtroom early Thursday and will provide expanded coverage of in the next edition.


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