Episode 3: Wrestling Defamation
As a follow-up to a summer blog post1, the podcast team tackles the high-profile defamation cases involving Jesse “the Body” Ventura against “American Sniper” Chris Kyle and the “Immortal” Hulk Hogan against Gawker. Both cases present an interesting set of facts, where celebrities are twisting the law on their media tormentors, and the opinions have interesting views on First Amendment protections relating to freedom of speech. First, the Ventura decision was controversial, and the crew dissect the resulting opinion, which parses through defamation and unjust enrichment awards. On the other hand, the famous Hulk Hogan sex tape presents a host of legal realist issues ripe for discussion. The podcast will also explore the meaning and scope of the legal concept of “newsworthiness” in relation to the First Amendment.