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WASHINGTON, DC -

A year to the day that Shirley Sherrod of Albany was ousted from her job at the Agriculture Department, her case against the man who accused her of being racist went to court.

A judge heard arguments in a Washington DC courtroom Tuesday afternoon in the defamation case Sherrod filed against blogger Andrew Breitbart.

Breitbart's attorney wants the case thrown out, claiming it's an attempt to dampen free speech.

Sherrod's was forced to resign from her job as a Georgia rural development official last year, after the video clip surfaced of Sherrod making supposedly racist remarks. The video on Breitbart's web site turned out to be edited. Sherrod is suing Breitbart, his employee, and an unnamed defendant for defamation and emotional distress.

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