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Update on the family of Nancy Benoit vs. Hustler case



A jury on Friday voted to penalize Hustler magazine nearly $20 million for publishing nude photographs of wrestler Chris Benoit’s late wife — a verdict overturned by the presiding judge moments later.

Instead, the adult magazine will be liable for only $375,000 in compensatory and punitive damages after U.S. District Court Judge Thomas W. Thrash Jr. ruled the jury could not exceed Georgia’s punitive cap.

Richard Decker, hired by Nancy Benoit’s family in 2008 after Hustler published the photos, said he will appeal the judge’s decision. State law allows a jury to exceed the $250,000 cap if it’s proven the defendant “acted … with intent to harm.”

“There was certainly enough evidence presented to the jury which showed specific intent,” Decker told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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  1. Pieman says:

    I don’t know the whole story, but I don’t think anyone would do that with “the intent to harm.” They have just done it to make money from something in thespotlight at the time. Always boils down to money.

  2. Nuff Said says:

    And she was one very sexy looking woman too. But sadly it is all about money and bottom line is the family drags a decent lady’s name through the mud.

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