Judge Rejects Defamation Case Against Fleischmann

A Nashville judge has thrown out a 3-year-old defamation case filed by former Tennessee Republican Party official Mark Winslow against U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and his former aide, Chip Saltsman, the Times Free Press reports. The suit claimed Fleischmann obtained confidential documents about Winslow’s severance pay from the party and used the information in ads aimed at discrediting Winslow and his former boss, Robin Smith, who challenged Fleischmann in the 2010 primary. Circuit Court Judge Joe Binkley Jr. disagreed, saying the ads did not constitute defamation because Winslow was a public figure, what was said about him was substantially true and there was no proof Fleischmann or Saltsman acted out of malice.