Johnny Northside Trial Follow-Up

I’ll create a round-up of stories about the Jerry Moore v. John Hoff (Johnny Northside) trial’s conclusion below.

Sheila Regan at TC Daily Planet: “Jury says Hoff didn’t lie, but has to pay anyway“. Sheila also has a piece after da2 of the trial titled “Who’s lying? Moore vs. Hoff, Day 2. Now we know that the jury agreed with Hoff’s truth.

Abby Simons at the StarTribune: Jury: Blogger Johnny Northside must pay $60,000 to fired community leader

Bob Collins at MPR: Sometimes the truth doesn’t set you free

Terry Yzaguirre at the Minneapolis Mirror: Jerry Moore awarded $60,000

Eric Zaetsch Developers are Crabgrass: “Johnny Northside trial. Reported a half-hour ago, Plaintiff Jerry Moore was awarded $60,000

Noodleman at Secrets of the City: “The verdict is in: Johnny Northside must pay damages

UCLA Law School professor, Eugene Volokh, at The Volokh Conspiracy: “$60,000 Damages for Blogging the Truth About Someone, Intending to Get The Person Fired

Kevin Giles has a column in the Star Tribune that references the case. “In social media, why let the facts get in the way?” Giles’ column is rather weak, since it suggests that Hoff lied about Moore, which is not what the jury decided in the case.

Mike Masnick at Techdirt: “Dangerous Free Speech Ruling: Blogger Has To Pay In Libel Case… Despite Telling The Truth

Mitch Berg at “Boundary Issues

John Hoff at The Adventures of Johnny Northside: “Damn Right We’re Appealing–All The Way To The U.S. Supreme Court If Necessary! Stay Tuned…

David Brauer at MinnPost: “Johnny Northside: ‘Damn right we’re appealing’ $60,000 judgment”

Rosie Gray at the Village Voice: “Blogger Fined $60,000 For Telling The Truth

Wonkette riffed on the Village Voice: “Vile Blogger Fined $60,000 For Spreading Malicious Facts

Slashdot picked up on the story, with 310 comments so far: “Blogger Fined $60K For Telling the Truth

John Egan at the Technorati Blog: “Maine, Minnesota Cases Test Free-Speech Limits of Bloggers”

John Cole at Ballon Juice: Um, “You Can’t Handle the Truth?

Phil Villarreal at The Consumerist: “Blogger Must Pay $60K To University Employee Fired Because Of Post”

American Bar Association Journal: “Firestorm re $60K Award Against Blogger, Despite Lack of Defamation, May Be Focusing On Wrong Issue

Anna Berend of the Motherly Law Blog at BlogHer: “Social Media Faux Pas: Defamation Lawsuits

Benjamin R. Skjold and Carl F. Engstrom at Skjold-Barthel Business Attorneys: “Free Speech Threat or Misled Jury? Verdict Against Blogger “Johnny Northside” Likely the Result of a Flawed Special Verdict Form”

Brett Clark at JDs Rising on “Is the Special Verdict Form to blame for the Johnny Northside verdict?

And a sampling from the Twittersphere:

John Hoff Johnny Northside v Moore Trial Reaction Tweets

If you see more pop up, let me know and I’ll add them here.

7 thoughts on “Johnny Northside Trial Follow-Up”

  1. I can NOT believe this outcome. It is BS and NOT right by any stretch. Those poverty pimps and chimos are probably having a party as we speak. I sure hope JNS wins in the end. I love boathead and his comments about Mr. Spanky. Thanks to you Mr. Deet also. You do a fine job.

  2. This result is absolutely wrong, in fact unconstitutional. Creating liability for speaking the truth about someone cannot create liability under these circumstances.

    See, for example, Eugene Volokh, a nationally renowned constitutional law scholar saying that “the result seems unconstitutional and quite wrong. Even if Hoff was trying to get Moore fired, people are constitutionally entitled to speak the truth about others, even with such a goal.”

  3. I am without a care in the world, knowing I have great and dedicated legal help and the weight of the law and First Amendment overwhelmingly on my side. The attention of the nation is becoming focused on this case. But what was the case about? My public statement about Jerry Moore’s involvement with the fraudulent mortgage at 1564 Hillside Ave. N.

    For FIVE DAYS a jury sat in judgment of the truth or falsehood of a single sentence.

    For THREE CALENDER YEARS, and about 600 days, the truth of a single sentence bore the full weight of the justice system when the plaintiff screamed “DEFAMATION.”

    The jury said: NO. Not defamation. The truth. Moore was involved in the fraudulent mortgage at 1564 Hillside Ave. N.

    Yes, I’m glad people are focused on the constitutional issues. But I want to know: how are we going to get to the bottom of the fraud at 1564 Hillside Ave. N. and make sure all the “little fish” who got a cut are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law? This case stands as an example of a terrible flaw in the criminal justice system: the big fish go down, but the little fish go free. The state of Minnesota has not given enough resources to the prosecutors in Hennepin County to prosecute all the fraudsters.

    Yet a jury of seven people says, unanimously, it is THE TRUTH to say “Repeated and specific evidence in Hennepin County District Court shows Jerry Moore was involved with a high profile fraudulent mortgage at 1564 Hillside Ave. N.”

    So…? Where does one go from THERE?

  4. Once again a jury shows that it doesn’t understand libel law. I would think Jerry Moore is a public figure, did I miss something? I hope John Hoff is going to be appealing this ruling. Makes no damned sense.

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