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Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008 06:39 am

STICK A FORK IN HIM... WE HOPE

The lawsuit that put the tort in tortuous —- Carl Madison v. Renatta Frazier et al —- has finally ended. On Oct. 10, the U.S. Court of Appeals denied Madison's petition for rehearing, thus concluding the quest of Madison (former president of the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) to punish Frazier (the former Springfield police officer erroneously accused of failing to prevent the rape of another cop's daughter) for allegedly besmirching his reputation in her self-published memoir about her experiences at SPD.

There's still time for Madison to try the U.S. Supreme Court, but his attorney, Stephen Hedinger, says that's improbable. "It's likely that this is the end of the road," he says.

"Mr. Hedinger's foray into defamation law probably wasn't his most lucrative venture," opined Frazier's attorney, Don Craven. "See, I can be polite. It doesn't happen very often, but . . . ."

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