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The Nation

A judge’s dismissal of South Dakota Gov. William J. Janklow’s $10-million libel suit against Newsweek magazine was upheld by the U.S. 8th Circuit of Appeals in St. Louis. In a 6-3 decision, the appeals court said that Newsweek was exercising its constitutional rights when it wrote a story in 1983 about Janklow and Indian activist Dennis Banks. The article said a feud between Janklow and Banks started in 1974, when Banks brought charges against Janklow in tribal court accusing him of raping a 15-year-old Indian girl in 1967.


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