A judge has shutdown request for Jim Bellino to have access to Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador’s text messages.
During an October 18 hearing in Orange County Superior Court, Judge Layne H. Melzer ruled against Bellino’s motion for discovery, which included texts between Judge and comedian friend Heather McDonald.
The case was continued to December 6.
According to RadarOnline, Judge Melzer claimed that under California law, all requests for discovery must be placed on hold after a party files an anti-SLAPP motion, which is a motion to strike a complaint due to freedom of speech.”
“As a result, a plaintiff who brings a defamation action subject to the malice standard cannot show good cause for discovery on the question of actual malice without making a prima facie showing first that the defendant’s published statements contain provably false factual assertions,” Melzer wrote.
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