A year to the day after Shirley Sherrod was ousted from USDA, the former government employee is still seeking vindication.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack ordered Sherrod's resignation from her job as a Georgia rural development official on July 19 of last year after learning about a video of Sherrod making supposedly racist remarks.

The U.S. District Court will hold the first hearing in Sherrod's defamation case against the conservative blogger who posted the video.

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