Poll: Was a Jury Right to Award Hulk Hogan $115 Million in His Suit Against Gawker?

Privacy Rights vs. Freedom of the Press -- Where Do You Stand?

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Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan, testifies in a Florida courtroom. Credit: John Pendygraft-Pool/Getty Images
Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan, testifies in a Florida courtroom. Credit: John Pendygraft-Pool/Getty Images

Late Friday news broke that a Florida jury awarded Hulk Hogan $115 million in damages in a privacy lawsuit against Gawker stemming from the gossip site's publication of excerpts from a sex tape starring the retired pro wrestler. As The New York Times reported, $55 million of that total was for economic harm and $60 million for emotional distress; punitive damages have yet to be determined.

You can read the original Oct. 4, 2012 Gawker post here (a judge ordered the video embedded in the post removed in the spring of 2013 pending litigation, but even just the post's description of the video is NSFW). Keep in mind that Gawker is appealing the verdict and, per Reuters, some legal experts think that Gawker could ultimately prevail.

But for now, put yourself in the jury's shoes.