Blogger Reports Truth, Gets Hit With $60,000 Fine

A Minnesota blogger was fined $60,000 for publishing posts that implicated a community leader in mortgage fraud.

Despite the accuracy of his reporting, a jury awarded the former community leader $35,000 for lost wages and $25,000 for emotional distress.

The blogger, John Hoff, says he will appeal, writing, “The First Amendment itself is under attack, and this blogger will not back down from the battle.”

First Amendment scholars are watching the case to see what effect it may have on citizen journalism.

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