Sarah Jones Prevails Over Nik Richie & The Dirty In Defamation Case Which Could Have Wide-Ranging Impacts On Websites

For those of you brahs out there who value the 1st Amendment and enjoy visiting websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, and other sites that revolve around content that is submitted by 3rd party users, a federal judge in Kentucky really screwed the pooch in a defamation case today by incorrectly instructing the jury on the applicable law which, ultimately, resulted in a verdict that could have far and wide-ranging impacts on how we use Internet.

Ex-cheerleader and former high school teacher, Sarah Jones, sued TheDirty.com and it’s operator, Nik Richie, in 2009 after the website published comments alleging that she banged the entire Bengals football team and had numerous sexually transmitted diseases.

1st Amendment and technology experts began closely watching the case after U.S. District Judge, William Bertelsman, ruled that the website was not shielded from liability under the Communications and Decency Act of 1996. This decision, which occurred in 2012, was seen as a sharp departure from a slew of other rulings protecting website operators who use or publish material that is provided to them by their users, as explained by Richie’s attorney, David Gingras, in this video.

Now, keep in mind, that this case was completely unrelated to the fact that Jones banged a student who she taught at Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood and subsequently pleaded guilty in 2012 to misdemeanor sexual misconduct and felony custodial interference.

Nonetheless, Jones wiped away tears after jurors awarded her $338,000 in damages today–a far cry from the $11 million that she had sought–after finding that the posts about her on TheDirty.com were substantially false. Richie and Gingras have stated that they will appeal the case, insisting that the Judge should have never allowed the case to go to trial in the first place. In the meantime, it’ll be interesting to see what comes of this case since it could affect several popular social networking sites. Until then, you got this brah!

17 Comments… add one
Banger July 11, 2013, 11:10 pm

If she banged some kid how does this make sense?

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Robert July 12, 2013, 2:14 am

So now I can sue facebook????????

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Jessica Islie July 12, 2013, 4:40 am

Internet bullying is stupid. What ever happened to sticks and stones?

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Chance LeCleine July 12, 2013, 9:03 am

Words are more powerful than ever in this day. You go lose a job, promotion, or relationship over something that was said about you and get back to us.

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Breezie Lefay July 12, 2013, 2:45 pm

ignorance Jessica…

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Drew Stagg July 12, 2013, 8:56 am

if she’s a convicted felon does any of this really even matter? it shouldn’t. another example of an outdated legal system.

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T. Reese July 12, 2013, 11:23 am

if it gets appealed then none of this crap matters.

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D. Man July 12, 2013, 12:36 pm

nik Richie is the man

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Dwayne July 12, 2013, 6:45 pm

this female is not attractive

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Munoz09 July 12, 2013, 7:33 pm

There are several varieties of cougars in North America, but none so fearsome as the Bengal Cougar.

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Reserved Rose July 12, 2013, 7:34 pm

If this was a male teacher and a female student, he would be preparing to serve at least 20 years.

I’m still jealous of the kid though.

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SisterNando July 12, 2013, 7:49 pm

Good for her…Hope the website goes broke after paying her.

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Stefendor July 12, 2013, 7:52 pm

So she gets thedirty money.

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BroPole July 12, 2013, 7:55 pm

That’s what passes off for a cheerleader in Cincinnati? Wow

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BigNameMondo July 12, 2013, 8:03 pm

$338k won’t fix that BUSTED face.

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MouthBreather July 12, 2013, 8:12 pm

As someone who knows a couple professional cheerleaders, I can advise you turds that the reasoning behind the heavy makeup is their features need to be seen from quite a distance while cheering on the field. Close up shots are the closest most of you will get tho.

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SAMEgame July 12, 2013, 9:13 pm

That bailiff looks really intrigued by her. I think he wants it!

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