This post is worth $2.5 million.
Not to the blogger who wrote it, but to Kevin Padrick of Obsidian Finance Group LLC. He’s the gentleman blogger Crystal Cox apparently defamed.
Indeed, he sued for defamation and won.
The entire ruling is worth reading, and not just because the similarities between Ms. Cox’s circumstances and tkc‘s; the U.S. District Court’s opinion set a precedent that may well stand…at least untill the Supremes rule otherwise.
If indeed they do rule otherwise.
Here’s a salient quote from Judge Marco A. Hernandez:
. . . although defendant is a self-proclaimed “investigative blogger” and defines herself as “media,” the record fails to show that she is affiliated with any newspaper, magazine, periodical, book, pamphlet, news service, wire service, news or feature syndicate, broadcast station or network, or cable television system. Thus, she is not entitled to the protections of the law
Interestingly, Oregon has a media shield law. However, it appears to have been written before the advent of bloggers as Hernandez ruled Ms. Cox does not come under its protection.
Missouri is one of 10 states that do not have media shield laws. The other states are Idaho, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia,and Wyoming.
Ms. Cox has contacted the EFF to assist with her case; one assumes she will appeal.
Given the above facts WNBTv speculates that tkc will lose his current legal imbroglio with Louis Wright. It might also be safely assumed – given tkc’s legendary status as his mother’s permanent houseguest- that any financial renumeration above $1000 imposed by the court would be outside of tkc’s ability to pay, much less a judgement in the millions.
DECEMBER 8th UPDATE: The AP picked up the story last night and it’s getting play everywhere. Links below: