atergate burglar drops libel lawsuit
The evening before his S2.5-million lawsuit against two New York authors was to go to trial,
victed Watergate burglar
Howard Hunt of Miami dropped the libel action Thursday. -Hunt had sued Alan Weberman and Michael Can
field, who wrote a book titled
John F. Kennedy.
The suit. filed
1976, also named Third Press-Joseph Ok
of New York
ty and book editor
Garcia Feliciano as defendants. The complaint. prepared by Hunt's attorney, Ellis Rubin, alleged that the book said Hunt and the
were responsible for the assassinations of President
Kennedy and the
Martin Luther King. The authors' New York attorney, Bruce Stahl. said
his clients believed Hunt dropped the suit because the
case was· weak and it would have made Hunt look
worse instead of better.
Rubin, however, said Hunt decided not to go to trial
had won $650,000 last December in a simi
lar suit against Liberty Lobby, publisher of a tabloid
newspaper called Spotlight.
that paper based on the book
Rubin said. Rubin
so said neither Weberman nor Canfield had
ney to recover.
a whole trial, as lo
as Mr. Hunt has proven his point and people have sto
ed accusing him of this
sehood, we agreed to drop our claim
Weberman would drop his counterclaim,
Rubin said. The counterclaim s dropped. and the o
ney paid was $200 to Stahl for travel expenses for a pretri
al conference held
Miami. Rubin said. Hunt served nearly three years
n after pleading guilty to conspiracy, second-degree
glary and wiretapping for his role
the Watergate scandal.