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Virginia lieutenant governor seeks vindication in court

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax says he s done everything he can to clear his name after two women accused him of sexual assault: he s requested police investigations, taken a lie-detector test and begged the media to report on evidence he says exonerates him. On Friday, he tried another approach as he went to federal court in Alexandria to pursue a libel lawsuit against CBS Corp. for airing interviews of the two women who accused him in a way that he says insinuated his guilt. CBS lawyers on Friday asked the judge to toss out the lawsuit - they say they reported the accusations fairly and allowed Fairfax to respond with written statements after he declined a live interview. They also argue that Fairfax can t meet the high legal standard for proving libel against a public figure, and that his real goal in filing the lawsuit is to give him a forum to attack his accusers. US District Judge Anthony Trenga heard arguments but made no ruling, promising to issue a decision on the motion ..

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