Associated Press reports a Superior Court judge threw out a lawsuit by an “independent group” claiming in political ads that gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory “improperly lobbied for a real estate and lending business.”

The independent group is North Carolina Citizens for Progress, which ran the ad with funding from the Democratic Governors Association. Basically, NCCP wanted the judge to declare the ads true —and therefore constitutionally protected free speech — in a preemptive strike against defamation lawsuits from McCrory campaign. Judge Paul Ridgeway, however, ruled there was “disagreement in the facts.”

If you haven’t noticed, this is the crazy season, and if a judge is required to sort out what’s true and what’s not, then heaven help the judicial system.