buckworks - 12:12 am on Dec 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
She was convicted in a trial by jury and found guilty of defamation.
Uhm, no, she wasn't, unless there's a whole separate story that neither the Guardian nor the Seattle Times saw fit to mention ... no mention of a jury; the article consistently refers to the judge's decision
Lucy, I invite you to peruse the judge's instructions to the jury: [citmedialaw.org...]
And the jury's verdict: [citmedialaw.org...]
The case went to a one-day trial on November 29, 2011. The jury in the case found for the plaintiff Obsidian for $1,000,000, and for Kevin Padrick for $1,500,000.
(All of those are from the link I provided earlier [citmedialaw.org...] )
Real journalists (and real scholars) look up the original documents.