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Journalist Speaks Out After Jury Sides with Antifa Members in Assault Case

A jury in Multnomah County, Oregon, found Portland activists John Hacker and Elizabeth Richter not liable for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress for their alleged attack on journalist Andy Ngo, according to a press release from The Center for American Liberty, the organization representing Ngo.

Ngo and his attorney Eric Sell joined “The Ingraham Angle” to respond.

ANDY NGO: Well, it’s actually before it was in her closing statements, she mentioned that resistance is not peaceful and that she was going to be getting a shirt that declares “I am Antifa” and that she is retiring and will remember all of the faces of the jurors. It was a very tense week with a near media blackout because of security incidents that kept happening. The jurors expressed to the court, who then expressed to the parties that they were really afraid for their safety because of repeated incidents that were happening both in and outside of the courtroom, courthouse. Before the deliberations, the court ordered that the identities of the jurors would be sealed because of apparent attempts to identify the identity of the jurors. So this was the context of the trial for the sudden days.

ERIC SELL: It’s truly remarkable the amount of evidence that the jury must have discounted to reach its not guilty verdict or its verdict here, that the defendants here weren’t liable. And it really leads to the conclusion that jury intimidation was a factor here. It’s a little unclear to us to what extent these jurors were intimidated, how this happened, what form it took. But the court did inform both parties of the day of deliberations that the jury was concerned that they were being threatened or potentially doxxed or there was going to be some kind of repercussions if the verdict did not come out the right way here. And we all know what that means. The right way is finding that both of these defendants were not liable, despite the extensive evidence here that they were involved in this attack against Andy, the jury still found that they weren’t liable. So we can really see what’s going on here with the interruptions of the trial, with all of the concerns that the jurors expressed to the court that this is not how our legal system is supposed to work. And there are some serious concerns about what happened in this particular proceeding.

ANDY NGO: Throughout the whole trial, my colleague was harassed and intimidated, both inside and outside of the courthouse. And I’m still trying to wrap my mind around what happened yesterday when the verdict was delivered. Reasons that are still unclear to me about really critical evidence regarding either the defendants destroying, hiding or at least not preserving communications with one another with other third parties during and around the time of the attacks, which the defendants admitted to during their depositions. But we couldn’t present this to the jurors. And, you know, I always knew this would be a really uphill battle. These attacks happened in Portland through the criminal justice system. I didn’t receive justice. And I really hoped it was through this that Portland jurors clearly could see.

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  • Juanita says:

    This was intimidation of the jury! How can the judge sit back and allow that to happen? This is insane! I am sad and angry at what has happened to the beautiful state of Oregon. The insane are running the asylum, and everything that they touch turns to shit. They are destroying everything. It literally makes no sense! What do these destructive, hateful, murderous subhumans get out of this??? Who are the parents that raised these evil spawn? Did they have any morals? Did they teach them right from wrong? They are demon possessed, depraved individuals to go around hurting other people and destroying everything they touch.

    • Tess says:

      I was right there with you until you decided to insult the parents. Whenever someone commits a crime or does some stupid act upon the public, individuals are always asking Whenever someone commits a crime or does some stupid act upon the public individuals ask….who/what/where about the parents. It’s pretty disgusting! Until you have lived in the homes with these individuals, you should not judge their upbringing. I have known parents who have brought their kids up to respect others and become law abiding citizens. A lot of these children have influences from the media, negative protest, groups, politicians, and other things around the world which put negative thought in their heads which they think are great and worthy. People are individuals. If you raised children, you know that they don’t always do what you taught them. . You hope after you’ve done your job that they will turn out to be, good citizens. But it doesn’t always happen. And vice versa a lot children who are raised by really horrible parents can up being model citizens and leave the mess behind them. Judge the individual. They are responsible for their OWN actions!!

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