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DEFAMATION SUIT TARGETS LOCAL LAWYER.

Byline: KAREN MAESHIRO

Staff Writer

LANCASTER -- The verbal sparring between a Lancaster prosecutor and a Valencia defense attorney is moving from the criminal court to a civil one.

Deputy District Attorney Maureen Green is suing Larry Baker for defamation, alleging he called her "evil" and "a slut."

Green declined to comment, saying the lawsuit speaks for itself. Baker also would not comment and the attorney who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Green did not return phone calls.

The lawsuit filed July 20 in Antelope Valley Superior Court is seeking punitive and exemplary damages for defamation and infliction of emotional distress.

Baker's "vindictive" comments about Green were made in open court in January, according to the lawsuit.

As a result of the defamation, Green has "suffered loss to her reputation, shame, mortification and hurt feelings," the lawsuit said.

"The false allegations were communicated to and heard by fellow deputy district attorneys, a law enforcement officer, the court reporter, a private criminal defense attorney, a bench officer, and potentially others," the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit also said that prior to the incident, Green enjoyed a good reputation as a prosecutor but since then began to "experience interference with her working relationships ... following defendant's untrue allegations...."

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