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Jian Ghomeshi verdict spurs protest

Hundreds of protesters marched in solidarity with the women who accused the former "Q" host of sexually assaulting them. He was acquitted by an Ontario judge last week.

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Ted Cruz rebuts National Enquirer report

At a rally in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the GOP candidate called a National Enquirer report that stated Republicans were investigating rumors of extramarital affairs "complete and utter lies." Cruz says Donald Trump is behind the story.

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News outlets hookwinked by fake lawsuit

Word of a bogus claim made against former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords by the man who shot her, Jared Loughner, is not true despite ample coverage to the contrary. The Arizona Republic, The Hill and Fox News all picked the story up.

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'On the Media' takes on Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker

The podcast and radio show from WNYC takes a deep dive into the legal vagaries of the ongoing case between Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media.

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Reporter cuffed while requesting public records

Chris Nakamoto, a reporter with WBRZ in White Castle, Louisiana, was handcuffed and taken to a police station after requesting public records Wednesday. "This week, WBRZ submitted a public records request related to how much the mayor makes. A public records request is a formal inquiry anyone can make to get access to public government documents. An elected official's salary is public information. Nakamoto was at city hall checking on the records request."

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Lawsuit against Sun-Times dismissed

"Earlier this month, a Cook County judge entered the motion regarding the defamation lawsuit. The suit alleged at the time that a story in the Sun-Times in February 2014 by staff reporter Stefano Esposito wrongly quoted Carl Easter, owner of Logan Square Pest Control, and contained incorrect statements about the business."

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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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