Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Judge Lifts TRO On Giraffe Attack Story

A Louisiana trial judge has decided that that a website's story about a fictional giraffe attack at the Global Wildlife Center in Folsom, Louisiana, is satire and thus protected speech, even though a local wildlife park received phone calls from worried state residents thinking the ruminants might be devouring visitors. Judge Beth Wolfe lifted the TRO granted earlier this month against Nicholas Brilleaux's Hammond Action News site and ordered the Center to pay Mr. Brilleaux's attorney fees and court costs. It's unclear whether the Center will appeal. See an earlier post on the story here.

Hat tip to Ben Janke.

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