Civil Liberties

This Week in Free Speech


In addition to the free speech story I mentioned in today's Morning Links, here's a story that's even more troubling, even though it's a civil case:

A Minnesota blogger has been ordered to pay $60,000 in damages for writing about links between a public figure and a high-profile mortgage fraud.

But according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune article linked above, the post that got the blogger in trouble was entirely true. So this wasn't a libel case. Instead, it was a "tortious interference" tort, brought because the blogger's reporting got the guy fired from his job with the University of Minnesota.