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Portland judge rules blogger is not a journalist

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PORTLAND, OR (AP) -

A federal judge in Portland has ruled that a Montana blogger was not a journalist when she posted online that an Oregon lawyer acted criminally while a trustee in a real estate bankruptcy case.

Media observers said Wednesday the ruling points out how state shield laws and other laws protecting journalists have lagged behind developments in online media.

U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez found last week that Crystal Cox of Eureka, Mont., cannot claim the protections afforded mainstream reporters and news outlets. He also found that Bend
attorney Kevin Padrick was not a public figure, and the bankruptcy case was not in the public interest.

That opened the way for a jury to award Padrick and Obsidian Finance Group, LLC, $2.5 million from Cox for defamation.

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