Bustos v. A&E Television Networks, No. 10-1253 (10th Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
Defendant Jerry Bustos' defamation case came before the Tenth Circuit. He sued under Colorado law for statements he made in 1998 that were captured on tape and aired as part of A&E Television Networks' show "Gangland: Aryan Brotherhood." Petitioner said that the appearance "devastated his popularity around the jail." The district court agreed that the show effectively called Petitioner a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, and that the statement was defamatory, but it entered summary judgment against Petitioner. Upon review, the Tenth Circuit held "only that the narrow and particular defamatory statement [Defendant] chose to challenge . . . was itself substantially true as a matter of law." The Court dismissed Petitioner's claim and affirmed the lower court's judgment.