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Defamation claims against Paladino, Caputo will go to trial next month

A defamation trial against Carl Paladino and Michael Caputo has been scheduled to begin in New York City next month.

The trial stems from a lawsuit filed by former Libertarian candidate for governor, Warren Redlich. It is slated to start March 29 in New York City, according to court records.

Redlich's lawsuit accuses Paladino, Caputo and Republican strategist Roger Stone of being behind a campaign mailer during the 2010 race for governor that refers to Redlich as "a sick twisted pervert" who "defends sex with children."

Paladino and Caputo have previously denied any involvement with the mailer, according to the Albany Times-Union.

In 2008, Redlich wrote in a blog post about the release of photos of singer and actress Miley Cyrus in which he lamented "how Puritanism is still so prevalent in America."

The lawsuit was filed in 2011. A judge ruled last May the suit could go to trial.

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