Libel: Possum-Playing Plaintiff

If a TV commentator files suit against his critics for libel and then tries to call off the trial, how do the accused clear their names? Such is the puzzle facing Margot Power, 50, a surgeon's wife, a sometime G.O.P. precinct captain and president of the Grand Traverse (Mich.) League of Women Voters.

Last year Mrs. Power decided that 'local folks were getting overly fond of a 15-minute Sunday show sponsored by the American Conservative Club. Writing in the league's local bulletin, Mrs. Power declared: "The Dan Smoot TV program, literally right out of Dallas, Texas, is...

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