Ohio lawyer drops claim against convert's attorney

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Posted: Aug 23, 2011 4:05 PM
Ohio lawyer drops claim against convert's attorney

A former lawyer for the Muslim parents of an Ohio teenager who ran away from home after converting to Christianity is dropping a defamation claim against the attorney who represented the girl.

Columbus lawyer Omar Tarazi had argued Orlando, Fla., attorney John Stemberger defamed him by calling him unqualified and alleging in a 2009 TV interview he has terrorist ties.

Tarazi and Stemberger agreed Tuesday the complaint be dropped. Tarazi's claims against a blogger who took the girl's side remain in place.

Tarazi represented the parents of Rifqa Bary (RIHF'-kuh BAYR'-ee), who fled to Florida saying she feared harm from them.

Bary was returned to Ohio. She didn't reconcile with her family before turning 18 last year.