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Gawker juror: Company was 'cloaking themselves in the 1st amendment'

One of the deciders of Gawker Media v. Hulk Hogan spoke out on Facebook Wednesday, declaring she thought the company's First Amendment argument was moot. "His was a clear case of invasion of privacy and Gawker cloaking themselves in the 1st amendment was insulting at best."

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Gawker boss defiant after losing case to Hulk Hogan

The founder of Gawker Media says the company plans to appeal a one-sided jury trial that didn't account for all the evidence. "...Constitutional issues aside, we now know that the trial was a sham from the start. The real, and actually embarrassing, reason Hogan sued Gawker to begin with was hidden from the jury, from the public, and from me, while he put on a show about being violated by the publication of nine seconds of his sex life, after years of boasts about his prowess on talk radio and shows like Howard Stern."

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Gawker hit with $25 million in punitive damages

On top of an earlier judgement, today's penalty adds up to a total of $140.1 million against Gawker Media, which plans to appeal the jury's verdict.

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Here are all the documents the Hulk Hogan jury didn't get to see

Nearly 1,000 pages of documents, which the jury was not allowed to review during the Hulk Hogan v. Gawker Media trial that concluded last week, raise questions about Hogan's motives for bringing the suit. The documents will likely figure prominently in Gawker Media's appeal.

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Hulk Hogan wins $115 million judgment against Gawker Media

After a years-long legal fight, a Florida jury has ruled in favor of Hulk Hogan in his invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against Gawker Media, awarding the ex-professional wrestler $115 million. Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker Media, said in a statement that the company plans to appeal the decision. Given key evidence and the most important witness were both improperly withheld from … Read More
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Obama administration sets record for unfulfilled FOIA requests

Editor's note: This is the fifth and final article in a series published by Poynter to commemorate Sunshine Week. View the rest here. The U.S. government in 2015 came up empty-handed when asked for public records more than 100,000 times, The Associated Press disclosed Friday. The unfulfilled requests, which add up to one out of every six queries, … Read More
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Gawker attorney makes First Amendment plea in closing arguments

A $100 million privacy lawsuit between ex-professional wrestler Hulk Hogan (real name: Terry Bollea) and Gawker Media reached its final rounds on Friday as with lawyers representing both sides made closing arguments on behalf of their clients. At stake: A potentially ruinous hit to Gawker's finances, the vindication of a graying celebrity and an important legal question for journalists — … Read More
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Cartoonist Ted Rall is suing the LA Times for defamation

A blog post on an alleged altercation between acclaimed cartoonist Ted Rall and an LAPD officer led to Rall being fired from the LA Times. Rall has decided to sue.

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TIME interviews Tim Cook on privacy and security

Apple's stand against the FBI has earned Tim Cook plaudits and criticisms. His interview with TIME is the cover story of the March 28 issue; the full transcript is available online.

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Jurors in Hogan v. Gawker won't have to watch a 30-minute sex tape

Judge Pamela Campbell didn't deem the video apropos to Gawker's defense: "In her ruling on Thursday afternoon, Campbell said it was not relevant to Gawker's defense that the publication of the video package was newsworthy."

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Hulk Hogan's legal team seeks to bar journalists from getting sealed documents

An appeals court ordered that evidence remain sealed in the $100 million privacy suit brought by ex-professional wrestler Hulk Hogan against Gawker Media. Then, an appeals court overturned that order. Now, Hogan's legal team is taking legal measures to delay the appeals court decision. Meanwhile, the trial is close to concluding.

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'FOIA terrorist' says Obama whiffed on transparency

Editor's note: This is the third in a series of articles being published by Poynter to commemorate Sunshine Week. View the rest here. Jason Leopold has spent his career digging up unsavory news about the United States government. Once dubbed a "FOIA terrorist" by an agency he bombarded with public records requests, the VICE News reporter is more … Read More
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Gawker founder defends decision to publish Hulk Hogan sex tape

During a blistering cross-examination, Gawker honcho Nick Denton stood up for a decision by former editor A.J. Daulerio to publish an excerpt from a sex tape featuring Hulk Hogan, although he allowed that parts of it made him "uncomfortable." "Asked to summarize his approach to journalism, Denton said: 'Is it true? Is it interesting? And check with legal.'"

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Gawker honcho: Hulk Hogan sex tape was newsworthy

Hulk Hogan, the boss of Gawker Media, defended on Tuesday the decision to publish a story containing an excerpt of a video that showed ex-professional wrestler Hulk Hogan having sex with the wife of a friend. "...As a whole, it was newsworthy, interesting and advanced our understanding."

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Jury in Hogan v. Gawker case asks Jezebel editor if she had 'an intimate relationship' with her boss

How could this have any bearing on the case? Emma Carmichael, the editor in chief of Jezebel, was asked by a jury in St. Petersburg, Florida whether she ever slept with Gawker founder Nick Denton (who is gay) or former Gawker editor A.J. Daulerio. "And if you're wondering if any of the male defendants or witnesses were subject to a similar line of questioning ... do you even have to ask?"

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