HELENA, Mont. – A judge on Thursday ordered the publisher of a neo-Nazi website to pay $ 14 million to a Jewish real estate agent for getting his readers to share their family with hundreds of threatening and anti-Semitic messages and phone calls to harass.
District Judge Dana Christensen issued a default judgment against Tanya Gersh in her civil lawsuit after The Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin refused to file a case as planned. Anglin accused Gersh of trying in 2016 He has published the personal information of the Gersh family on his website and wrote to his readers: "Are you ready for an old-fashioned Troll Storm?"
Christensen's command takes on the findings of a judge who described Anglin's behavior against Gersh as "outrageous and reprehensible."
It is the second prize in the millions against Anglin in recent months. A federal judge in Ohio accused radio host Dean Obeidallah, a Muslim, of $ 4.1
Gersh said in an email that what Anglin did broke part of her, but she is stronger thanks to the support of her family, her neighbors and the worldwide Jewish community.
"This victory is not just for me, my family and mine. This is a win for anyone who has been harassed, terrorized and bullied," she said.
Anglins lawyers argued unsuccessfully that his writings were protected by the first amendment. They dropped him as a client when he did not appear for his deposit in April.
It's not clear how Gersh's money will move in from Anglin if he stays outside the US. Her lawyer, David Dinielli of the Southern Poverty Law Center, said he "will go to the end of the world to collect the verdict … whether it's cash, assets or intellectual property." alleged goal of his online trolling campaigns.