(AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a lower
court decision dismissing a libel and defamation lawsuit filed
against authors and attorneys John Grisham and Barry Scheck.
In an opinion released Monday, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals found that plaintiffs William Peterson, Gary Rogers and
Melvin Hett failed to state a claim upon which relief can be
Peterson, Rogers and Hett sued Grisham, Scheck and others over
books the authors penned about the wrongful convictions of Dennis
Fritz and Ron Williamson in the 1982 death of Debra Carter.
The books were critical of Peterson, the ex-Pontotoc County
district attorney, who along with former OSBI investigator Rogers
and state criminologist Hett helped win the convictions of Fritz
DNA tests showed Fritz and Williamson didn't kill Carter.