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An Alameda County Superior Court judge has thrown out Oakland Councilwoman Desley Brooks’ libel suit against San Francisco Chronicle columnist Chip Johnson. Judge Jon Tigar had indicated in a tentative ruling last month that he was inclined to allow Brooks’ case to move forward, but in a decision made public yesterday, Tigar dismissed the councilwoman’s suit, saying that even if parts of Johnson’s column about her were untrue, the story was still protected speech.

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