Undertaking Veritas’ founder, James O’Keefe, refers to Maass and others who conduct the stings as journalists. Vowing an enchantment, he mentioned 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 could not deceive the topics they’re investigating,” mentioned O’Keefe, who was named as a defendant within the go well with and sat on the protection desk in the course of the trial. “Journalism is on trial, and Undertaking Veritas will proceed to struggle for each journalist’s proper to information collect, examine, and expose wrongdoing — no matter how highly effective the investigated celebration could also be. Undertaking Veritas is not going to be intimidated.”
A Miami-based legal professional who represented Undertaking Veritas, Paul Calli, argued in the course of the trial that the group’s actions had been a part of “the best American custom referred to as muckraking.”
“The race is lengthy. The struggle continues as a result of this case implicates elementary First Modification points,” Calli mentioned Thursday. “The oldsters on my left want 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 gentle white underbelly of their celebration. We are going to see what the end line brings.”
U.S. District Court docket Decide 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 Undertaking Veritas on one declare that Maass illegally recorded a gathering she wasn’t celebration to.
Friedman can also be nonetheless contemplating motions that Undertaking Veritas and the opposite defendants made in the course of the trial that the Democratic companies and Creamer didn’t show any authorized violation by the group.