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U.S. District Court Dismisses Rockwell’s Libel Suit Against J.t.a.

The United States District Court here dismissed a suit filed by George Lincoln Rockwell, self-styled “commander” of the American Nazi party against the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc., and Milton Friedman, chief of the JTA Washington bureau.

Rockwell had claimed damages for an allegedly libellous news report that described how Rockwell hid under a platform during a riot which, according to a previous court decision, he had fomented. Judge Leonard Walsh granted a motion filed by Maurice Friedman, attorney for the defendants, to dismiss the suit because Rockwell had failed to post a deposit as security for costs as previously ordered by the court.

Attorney Friedman, a prominent Washington communal leader, is opposing the neo-Nazis in another case–that filed by Rockwell against the commissioners of the District of Columbia, the U. S. Secretary of the Interior, the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, Washington ADL director Herman Edelsberg, ADL officials David Brody and Jason Silverman, and others.

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