In other legal news: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact a ruling that John Grisham's novel "The Chamber" did not infringe on a nonfiction work written by serial killer Ted Bundy's last lawyer, Polly Nelson. She had sued Grisham and Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, alleging the novel was too similar to her copyrighted book "Defending the Devil: My Story as Ted Bundy's Last Lawyer." A U.S. district court dismissed the case before it went to trial after an "exhaustive examination of both books" showed them to be substantially dissimilar. The decision was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington.
A federal judge ruled Monday that Martha Stewart can go ahead with her libel suit against the National Enquirer, which alleged in an article that the lifestyle deity had a "borderline personality disorder." The tabloid had asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit, saying the offending article was based on the opinion of at least two "experts." But Stewart's lawyer argued that the Enquirer presented the accounts as evidence of a medically proven condition. Stewart is seeking $10 million in damages.