Jury: North Mpls Blogger Must Pay $60K In Damages

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A jury says a north Minneapolis blogger must pay $60,000 in damages to a community leader who was fired from the University of Minnesota after a blog post.

The Hennepin County civil jury found that an “Adventures of Johnny Northside” blog post in June 2009 resulted in Jerry Moore’s firing from the university.

The Star Tribune reports the seven-member jury determined that blogger John Hoff must pay Moore $35,000 in damages for loss of wages and an additional $25,000 for emotional distress.

Moore was hired at the University of Minnesota Urban Outreach and Outreach/Engagement Center. When Hoff found out, he wrote a post accusing Moore of involvement in a “high-profile fraudulent mortgage.” Moore was not charged in the case.

Moore alleged the blog post was untrue and got him fired. Hoff contends the post is true.

Hoff’s attorney said he would not comment until he spoke to his client.

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  • Charles De Gull

    Just proof that the Internet is a colossal waste of time.

  • anon

    Definitely don’t know all the facts in this one to make a sound argument. You can be invlolved ina crime and take a plea bargain in which you are then not charged. Is this what happened? If so then I would feel bad for the blogger because he would have been right in my opinion.

    There is just no way to take this with anything more than a grain of salt.

  • anon

    Also, why wasn’t the U sued or questioned about firing someone for no reason? Not enough damn information here.

  • Mr Funny

    Something disturbing here. The media spends most of it’s time trying to convince people of the creepiness of the internet and how most stuff on the internet should be taken with a grain of salt, yet at the same time it says that what’s printed should be taken seriously.

    To me this is another attempt to threaten people’s frre speech through mafia type retaliation.

  • Donald Allen

    Hoff should pay more.

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