Venture Veritas’ founder, James O’Keefe, refers to Maass and others who conduct the stings as journalists. Vowing an attraction, he stated the jury verdict endangered hidden-camera work by a variety of journalists.
“The jury successfully dominated investigative journalists owe a fiduciary responsibility to the topics they’re investigating and that investigative journalists might not deceive the topics they’re investigating,” stated O’Keefe, who was named as a defendant within the go well with and sat on the protection desk through the trial. “Journalism is on trial, and Venture Veritas will proceed to combat for each journalist’s proper to information collect, examine, and expose wrongdoing — no matter how highly effective the investigated occasion could also be. Venture Veritas won’t be intimidated.”
A Miami-based lawyer who represented Venture Veritas, Paul Calli, argued through the trial that the group’s actions had been a part of “the best American custom known as muckraking.”
“The race is lengthy. The combat continues as a result of this case implicates elementary First Modification points,” Calli stated Thursday. “The oldsters on my left favor to disregard that truth and can spike the ball and rejoice on Twitter as a result of on this case the journalist isn’t somebody they ‘like’ or agree with and as an alternative uncovered the comfortable white underbelly of their occasion. We’ll see what the end line brings.”
U.S. District Court docket Choose Paul Friedman, who oversaw the weeklong trial, may nonetheless impose punitive damages associated to a wiretapping violation discovered by the jury. Nonetheless, the jury dominated for Venture Veritas on one declare that Maass illegally recorded a gathering she wasn’t occasion to.
Friedman can also be nonetheless contemplating motions that Venture Veritas and the opposite defendants made through the trial that the Democratic companies and Creamer didn’t show any authorized violation by the group.