Blogger not eligible for media shield law, hit with $2.5M judgment

Timothy B. Lee

An Oregon judge has ruled that a Montana blogger is not eligible for the legal protections afforded to journalists, letting stand a $2.5 million defamation verdict.

The blogger, a Montana woman named Crystal Cox, had become a thorn in the side of an attorney named Kevin Padrick. Padrick is the principal of a firm named Obsidian Finance Group. Cox styles herself an "investigative blogger," and has created numerous websites with names like "obsidianfinancesucks.com," "bankruptcytrusteefraud.com," and "oregonshyster.com," in which she accused Padrick and Obsidian of misconduct in their handling of a bankruptcy case.

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