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Patti Blagojevich Drops Defamation Suit

Patti Blagojevich, wife of embattled ex-governor Rod Blagojevich, has dropped her defamation lawsuit against former Chicago Christian Industrial League (CCIL) director Richard Roberts, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The two parties reached a pre-trial settlement, according to Chicago injury lawyers representing Patti Blagojevich.

She had accused Richard Roberts of making defamatory remarks when he claimed she inappropriately took an email list from the organization when she was fired last January.

Details of the settlement were kept under wraps, as is usually the case.

The disgraced former governor's wife sued Richard Roberts in Cook County on October 1, 2009, according to the Chicago Tribune. She claimed that Richard Roberts defamed her "perhaps to deflect attention from his performance" or to "generate publicity for himself and CCIL," according to her complaint.

Her suit claimed both compensatory and punitive damages, as well as an injunction to halt "any further false statements" about the plaintiff:

Roberts has falsely accused the former First Lady of stealing CCIL's donor list -- something Roberts claims is proprietary -- upon her termination from CCIL... Roberts has caused great injury to Plaintiff's reputation and her standing in the community.

Illinois injury attorney Jay Edelson, representing Patti Blagojevich, said at the time that if Richards Roberts offered a public apology and retraction of the statement, then "we're 80 percent there." But now that the matter has settled, seemingly without an apology or retraction, the parties are 100 percent there.

Richard Roberts made the following public statement one month after Patti Blagojevich's termination from CCIL, which she found defamatory:

"The last thing we need is to have Mrs. Blagojevich showing poor judgment and unethical behavior. Our list is proprietary."

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