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Restraining order against Ellison dismissed

Restraining order against Ellison dismissed

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MINNEAPOLIS - Hennepin County Judge Robert Lynn dismissed a woman's attempt to get a restraining order against U.S. Rep.-elect Keith Ellison on Monday.

The judge also issued an order preventing the woman, Amy Alexander, from repeating allegations that she and Ellison had an extramarital affair or that Ellison tried to intimidate her or smear her name, according to Ellison's lawyer, Carla C. Kjellberg.

Alexander can't come back to the court for a restraining order against Ellison, who has denied having an affair with the woman.

The two have been fighting through lawyers for more than a year. Ellison, who became the first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress earlier this month, got a restraining order against Alexander in June 2005 after what he described as phone and e-mail harassment.

Kjellberg said Ellison agreed to dismiss that restraining order as long as Alexander doesn't contact him. If she does, he can go to the court to have the order reinstated.


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