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A former school li­brar­ian be­hind a defam­a­tory let­ter claim­ing her former boss was a bully is to ap­peal a judge’s de­ci­sion to make her apol­o­gise. Rai Val­ley woman Faye Leov, and her hus­band Bernard Leov, are ap­peal­ing the judg­ment of the Blenheim High Court last month, which found them li­able in defama­tion for the con­tents of a let­ter sent by Dunedin writer Su­san Dunn in September 2012. Jus­tice David Collins said in his de­ci­sion on Au­gust 29 the let­ter was ‘‘cal­cu­lated to in­jure’’ former Rai Val­ley Area School prin­ci­pal Loretta ‘‘Muff’’ New­ton’s rep­u­ta­tion by ‘‘ex­pos­ing her to ha­tred, con­tempt or ridicule’’. The Leovs are seek­ing to have the judg­ment set aside, in­clud­ing the judge’s rec­om­men­da­tion un­der the Defama­tion Act that re­quires them to send a cor­rec­tion and apol­ogy to all those who re­ceived the let­ter and also pub­lish that cor­rec­tion and apol­ogy in the Marl­bor­ough Ex­press and Nel­son Mail.

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