Transcript of Hearing on Anti-SLAPP Motion January 5, 2015

This 40-page PDF is certified copy of Official Court Reporter Alicia Racanelli’s transcription of the hearing held January 5, 2015, before Judge Amy Clark Meachum of the 201st District Court of Travis County.

The hearing—the second in this case—concerned the Defendant Austin Investigative Reporting Project, dba The Austin Bulldog, motion to dismiss the defamation lawsuit D-1-GN-14-004290 brought by plaintiff District 6 City Council candidate Don Zimmerman.

The Austin Bulldog’s motion sought dismissal with prejudice under the Texas Citizens Participation Act, Chapter 27 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, more commonly known as the Anti-SLAPP law designed to protect First Amendment rights against Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation.