Couric urges court to throw out lawsuit over documentary

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Lawyers for journalist Katie Couric are urging a federal judge to dismiss a $12 million defamation lawsuit filed by Virginia gun rights activists over what they call a misleading documentary edit.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League filed a lawsuit in September over Couric’s documentary “Under the Gun.”

The documentary shows nearly 10 seconds of silence after Couric asks members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League how felons or terrorists could be prevented from purchasing a gun without background checks. Activists can be heard on audio of the exchange responding to Couric’s question almost immediately.

In a motion to dismiss filed this week, Couric’s attorneys say that even if one doesn’t think the edit was appropriate, “it simply does not rise to the level of defamation.”

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