Georgia transgender politician wins legal battle

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia's top court has ruled in favor of a transgender politician sued by two political opponents who claimed she misled voters by running as a female.

The Georgia Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Monday found that the two unsuccessful candidates for Riverdale City Council failed to produce evidence of fraud, misconduct or illegality.

Michelle Bruce landed one of four council seats in 2003 in a campaign to attract more jobs and residents to Riverdale. But she faced several opponents when she ran for re-election in 2007, and eventually lost her seat.

Georgia Fuller and Stan Harris sued last year, saying Bruce misled voters by identifying herself as a female. The complaint identified Bruce as "Michael Bruce" and asked a judge to rule the November election results invalid.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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