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Bid to sue top judge dropped.

Byline: By KEVIN McDONNELL

A LAWYER has dropped his legal action against the Chief Justice of Ireland.

Giovanni di Stefano had claimed his reputation had been damaged by John L Murray and started a defamation case.

The issue arose from Di Stefano's involvement with Patrick "Dutchy" Holland in his appeal against an explosives conviction.

It was alleged that in pre-trial comments Justice Murray said he could not understand how an "unqualified" person could represent Holland.

He said during the hearing that Stefano "showed an astonishingly ignorance of Irish Law".

Mr di Stefano lodged a complaint to the High Court in England and wanted the Lord Chief Justice struck off.

Now Di Stefano has dropped the action.

He said: "Mr Murray is a great jurist and his loss would outweigh the benefit of a victory in a defamation case.

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Date:Nov 12, 2006
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