A District Court judge ruled today that a slander suit brought against filmmaker Michael Moore by James Nichols, the brother of Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols, has no merit. In his film Bowling for Colombine, Moore made a number of allegations linking James to the Oklahoma City events and to mastermind Timothy McVeigh. Especially damning was the statement that Terry's brother only escaped conviction because federal officials "didn't have the goods on James." The judge, however, ruled that each of the statements about Nichols in the film were "factual and substantially true." Herschel P. Fink, Moore's lawyer, summed the judgement up as a "home run": “The thing that is most pleasing to Mr. Moore is that the judge agreed with our argument that ... the statements were not false and that they were accurately reported."