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Ex-DA, Judge Judy's son, wins defamation suit vs NY sheriff

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/13/2017

CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) — A former New York county district attorney who's the son of TV's Judge Judy has gotten a public apology from a county sheriff as part of the settling of a defamation lawsuit.

Putnam County Sheriff Don Smith posted the apology to ex-Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy on the sheriff's department's website on Tuesday. He apologized for two press releases issued in March 2013 that included statements that Levy had interfered with the investigation of child rape accusations made against a friend of his. Levy had recused himself from the case; his friend later was acquitted.

Smith says he retracted the press releases unequivocally, and that the statements were untrue.

The settlement of the case also includes a payment to Levy of $150,000.

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