A federal judge in Oklahoma has dismissed a libel lawsuit filed against bestselling author John Grisham and two other writers over books they wrote about the wrongful conviction of two men in a 1982 murder.
The lawsuit was filed last year by former Pontotoc County Dist. Atty. Bill Peterson, former Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation investigator Gary Rogers and Melvin Hett, a state criminalist. All three helped win the original convictions in the slaying of cocktail waitress Debbie Sue Carter, but the two men found guilty were later cleared by DNA evidence and freed after 12 years in prison.