seoskunk - 12:35 am on Dec 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
Lucy, I invite you to peruse the judge's instructions to the jury: [citmedialaw.org...]
And the jury's verdict: [citmedialaw.org...]
The jury was instructed to consider the charge of defamation. The Judge ruled that Cox couldn't be protected as a journalist. The Jury were not asked this question.
There are really three points here.
1. Was the defendant guilty of defamation
2. Can the defendant protect her source as a journalist
3. Had Cox created a company responsible for the blog she would have had a limited liabilty