NEW HAMPSHIRE: Jury Awards $274 Million Defamation Judgment Against Right Wing Radio Host Michael Gill

The New Hampshire Union-Leader reports:

A Merrimack County jury awarded three Manchester-area businessmen $274.5 million in their lawsuit against mortgage kingpin Michael Gill, who accused them of drug dealing and other crimes on prominent electronic billboards and social media viewed by millions.

Steve Gordon, an attorney who represented AutoFair owner Andy Crews, Manchester developer Dick Anagnost and Primary Bank founder William Greiner, said it is believed to be the largest personal injury verdict in New Hampshire. “The bully has finally been punched in the mouth, which is what we wanted to do for a long time,” Crews said at a press conference outside the Merrimack County Superior Court house.

The verdict ended a week-long trial that started with Gill, the founder of Mortgage Specialist Inc., dramatically walking out of the courthouse and calling the trial a criminal enterprise. Judge Brian Tucker had already ruled that defamation took place, the only issue for the jury was the size of the verdict.

More from Law Newz:

Over the course of several shows, Gill allegedly ranted about several of the plaintiffs, and even accused them of dealing “heroin” and “machine guns” in a warehouse, the original lawsuit claimed. Gill claimed the illicit deals were how the three plaintiffs got rich, the lawsuit alleged.

In another broadcast, Gill even told listeners the original lack of a defamation suit against him was proof that the plaintiffs were, indeed, drug dealers, court documents revealed. The original lawsuit also said Gill accused one of the three plaintiffs of extortion.

Ironically, several of the plaintiffs and their families have helped finance and manage a nonprofit drug and alcohol addiction recovery center. New Hampshire has been hit hard by the nation’s opioid and heroin crises.

Aaron Day, the leader of the state’s Republican Liberty Caucus, was also sued, but had previously settled for slightly more than $1 million through a defamation insurance policy, sources tell LawNewz.com.

Here’s the most recent post on Gill’s Facebook page:

Mr. President; It is Domestic terrorism. Please call and share, I need your help. I need help setting appointments in Washington. I will meet with your state reps.

I’m in Washington with evidence of corruption that includes Bill Shaheen and his wife Senator Jeanne Shaheen. They orchestrate the cover for the drug cartel with the assistance of the FBI and DEA. Absolute proof that they used the IRS as leverage to attack their enemies.

I remind you that I turned down 50 million for this evidence. I turned them down only for them to try to murder me on 3 different occasions. On the fourth, the hitman declined the contract which you can listen to on Kill Gill.  That order was given by the drug cartels and Bill Shaheen.

We are at a critical place in time, this evidence could literally change the direction of our country to a people of justice. We ask the president and the department of justice to keep his promise and drain the swamp.

His Facebook post also begs for help from the far-right Judicial Watch and from Trump’s personal attorney, notorious scammer Jay Sekulow. The post has been shared over 4000 times.

Gill ran for New Hampshire governor last year and was disqualified because he wasn’t even a registered voter.

  • Mark Née Fuzz
    • Friday

      What a pig.

      • Gustav2

        Yeah, it is well known he is phobic about blood, and was trying to cover a weakness but being an ass. Stern brings the best out of…

        • JAKvirginia

          Oh… is that what it’s about? (I refuse to watch.) Yeah… real classy guy, huh? Worried more about the floor staining than about a human life. And people are perplexed and angered about his PR response? C’mon people! The man is SHIT! Enough already, m’kay?!

      • vorpal 😼

        I don’t even know what he said in the video as I can’t Trump anymore, but I still know enough to upvote your comment.

        • Treant

          Ditto. To both of you.

    • Gustav2

      Haemophobia

      • RoFaWh

        Seems his much-vaunted period of incarceration at the New York Military Academy didn’t do much to toughen up Two-scoops.

        I wonder if his apparent haemophobia is connected with his liking his steaks more than well done.

    • vorpal 😼

      I just can’t watch any more Trump videos.
      My laptop screen already has a crack in it and I’ll make it worse by punching it.

      • Lizard

        I really want to know what he said but I can’t stand his stupid voice. Think the video has subtitles?

        • Joe in PA

          It does have subtitles (and sound, so turn that off before you start!)

          • Lizard

            Thanks, friend!

          • Joe in PA

            Sure, but in second thought…don’t watch. Even with the subtitles…IT IS AWFUL. Just move along.

          • Lizard

            Too late…I’m halfway through transcribing it word for word so no one else has to watch it. It’s indeed awful.

          • madknits

            I watched with the subtitles, and in my mind’s ear, could hear his voice. I didn’t watch to the end. What a disgusting excuse for a human being.

          • Lizard

            Jesus. It’s like an Edgar Allen Poe short, or a fucking Jonathan Swift satire.

          • Artsy

            John Oliver’s interpretation of his whiney voice when reading Rump’s tweets is spot on.

    • Treant

      Like others, I refuse to play that. Can somebody sum it up? Somebody with a strong stomach? I’ll owe you a BJ and a sandwich.

      • Joe in PA

        In that order please.

        • Treant

          Gladly. If you’re up to it, so to speak, we can sandwich the sandwich between BJs.

      • JAKvirginia

        In a nutshell…

        Mar-a-Lardo. Some event. Some old guy missteps off dance floor. Falls down, hits head on marble floor. Blood happens. Man’s wife rushes to him pleading for help. Trump just stands there. Marines, who were there to be “honored” but given the worst table in the back of the room spring to action. Begin basic first aid, improvise a stretcher to carry man out of room, bloodying their uniforms.

        Trump does nothing. More worried about marble floor being stained. Walks away.

        • Treant

          Checking…no, I cannot possibly hate him any more, but I do have a little remaining space left under loathing. I’ll just file this in that box.

          • RoFaWh

            Try your capacity for profound disgust.

          • Treant

            I overflowed that in December.

      • Lizard

        If there are subtitles, I’ll do a full transcription.

        Well, it begins with “Listen to Trump describe watching a man almost die and refusing to help.” Can’t be good.

        “I was at Mar-a-Lago and we had this incredible ball–the Red Cross Ball. You have all these really rich people, and a man, about 80 years old, very wealthy man, a lot of people didn’t like him–he fell off the stage. This guy falls off, right on his face, hits his head, and I thought he died. And you know what I did? I said, ‘Oh my god, that’s disgusting,’ and I turned away. I couldn’t, you know, he was right in front of me. I turned away. I didn’t wanna touch him.” [laughter] “The Marines, this is a great thing…”

        Other voice: “Can somebody clean that up?” [laughter]

        Trump: “No, the Marines–he’s bleeding all over the place. I feel terrible. You know, beautiful marble floor, didn’t look so good, it changed color. And became very red. And you have this poor guy. 80 years old, lying on the floor unconscious, and all of the rich people are turning away, ‘Oh my god! This is terrible! This is disgusting!’ And, you know, they’re turning away. Nobody wants to help the guy. His wife is screaming–she’s sitting next to him, she’s screaming. What happens is, these ten Marines from the back of the room–they were so far back, you know, it’s a huge ballroom, Mar-a-Lago, you’ve been there…”

        Stern: “I’ve seen it.”

        Trump: From the back of the room, they come running forward, they grabbed him, they put the blood all over the place–it’s all over their uniforms, they’re taking it, they’re swipe. They ran him out! I never saw it. They ran like–”

        Stern: “You would never do that.”

        Trump: “I would say, ‘Get that blood cleaned up, it’s disgusting!'”

        Stern: “You wouldn’t shake hands with him!”

        Trump: “I forgot to call–the next day, I forgot to call to say, ‘Is he okay?’ He was okay.” [laughter] “It’s just not my thing. So, you know–”

        Artie Lange: “You were afraid of catching a disease through the phone.”

        Trump: “It’s not even the disease! I just don’t like looking at blood.”

        Stern: “Would you ever have sex with a woman when she’s menstruating? Because there’s blood involved.”

        Trump: “Well, I mean, I think we all have.”

        Jesus fucking Christ.

        • Treant

          OK…uh…first off, thank you, that was great!

          Second, there’s now steam coming out of my ears.

          I wonder if the old guy and his wife are still Trump supporters? Probably.

  • Can you say “projection”?
    I knew you could.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    He seems nice.

  • Tawreos

    Is he trying to get them to sue him again?

  • vorpal 😼

    I’m sure in his deluded mind, it was probably all true.
    Just like with Trump. I think he honestly believes the garbage (no matter how many contradictory versions of it) he spews.

  • Friday

    Consequences for lying. This is what America needs, more than anything else, even, against the Right.

    • RoFaWh

      We need to reinterpret the First Amendment’s free speech clause:

      You can say anything you want; nobody will stop you. But you may face consequences like a defamation suit or prosecution for hate speech.

      Now go ahead; the microphone there is live, just waiting for the informative bon mots you love to spout.

  • LVBx3

    It was a dark and stormy night……oh wait, wrong paranoid nut job. Sorry my bad.

    • Tawreos

      It was a dark and stormy night, I’d just taken a creative writing class…

    • ClevelandJim

      Oh great. And now you’ve conjured up HIM.

  • Darrel Cj

    If there aren’t legal consequences, mentally unstable people like this will gain influence.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Lizard

      Woot!

      Of course, he’ll appoint somebody worse.

      • Gustav2

        There is somebody worse?

        • Lizard

          Someone who will be more “supportive” of Obamacare repeal efforts? Hell yeah.

          • Lazycrockett

            He already has a replacement, but I haven’t gotten the name yet.

          • Karl Dubhe

            Mengele perhaps?

          • clay

            one of the under-secretaries during Bush 43.

        • The_Wretched

          There’s always someone worse…though for Arapio and Moore, I’m not 100% sure.

    • Treant

      “Also,” Price wrote, “For a moment you weren’t on the front pages. I was the most talked-about politician and I know shit. Enjoy wondering who I’ll tell.”

    • PickyPecker

      Thank you for playing ‘Fine-tuned Machine’ with us. Please make your way to the nearest exit.
      https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/glass.gif

      • wow – looks like she actually cracked the safety glass

        that takes a lot of derp

        • Grumpy Old Man

          Her face left a mark – wow, that is a bad hit.

      • ⚓️ Corpsman ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        The dangers of being a ‘Jurassic Park’ extra.

    • MikeBx2

      Winning!

    • rednekokie

      Great!! Now if he’ll only fire the asshole from Oklahoma Pruitt.

      • Uncle Mark

        Followed by Cohn after his failure to get his tax plan passed

      • Nowhereman

        He’s the one who’s selling off our national parks to the extraction industries, right? Oh wait, that’s Zinke. What a great crew, eh?

      • Steven Jaeger

        and the kansan knut kase anti-voter

    • Blake J Butler

      Called it.

    • Bryan

      So long!

    • Hank

      I wonder if he will be given a bill for the hundreds of thousands of dollars, that he spent on his plane trips???

      • Lizard

        Hope so, probably not.

      • William

        He can use the money earned from insider trading to pay off the flights.

        • Celloman G

          Last I heard, he was going to pay for HIS seats on the flights. Seems we taxpayers are still on the hook for all that staff, who would not have been flying but for him.

      • Bob Conti

        Maybe they’ll dock his final paycheck.

      • TCinBerkeley

        He will just do what his ex-boss does when given a bill, not pay it.

    • Joe in PA

      The Best People! Yayayayay….Now where is @gustav2:disqus with that happy dance gif? 🙂

    • Tomcat

      Now he don’t have to pay anything back.

      • PickyPecker

        His assets should be seized.

    • Thorn Spike

      Tim Gunn was head of HHS?

      • Bryan

        Tom Price didn’t make it work…

      • Lizard

        Oy. Don’t insult Tim Gunn by comparing him to Tom Price. Tim Gunn is fabulous.

    • glimsong
      • JoeNCA

        Steve walks warily down the street, his brim pulled way down low.

    • Nowhereman

      “All the best people…”

    • canoebum

      It’s a start. When can we expect the indictment for insider trading? This felon needs to be behind bars.

    • SilasMarner

      Don’t let him out of the building until you get that reimbursement check.

  • William

    I had a neighbor who ranted like that. Finally his liver exploded.

    • pj

      poetic justice.

    • Treant

      So he literally choked on his own bile? Cool.

      • William

        I think the liver failure put his already unstable personality over the edge.

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  • rednekokie

    This guy is crazy as a bedbug!!

  • greenmanTN

    Frankly I’m bamfoozled by one of these assholes being held accountable for their words.

    This isn’t April Fools Day, right?

    I feel like I need to check.

    • edrex

      i’m certain it wasn’t about accountability. it was about trump’s narcissism. price unwittingly stumbled into trump’s spotlight and that’s not permissible.

  • Lazycrockett

    https://twitter.com/nprpolitics/status/913866664458035207

    Dont know anything bout Don J Wright.

    • Cuberly

      WHOA! Darth Sideous gets the boot!

    • Joe in PA

      Friday night news dump?

      • Lazycrockett

        Get the tragedy of PR off the lede.

  • Thorn Spike

    Michael Gill is what you get when you mothball mental institutions and the Fairness Doctrine.

  • Joe in PA

    Hmmm, I wonder if we’ll be scolded for not feeling sorry for the bully. (a reference from another thread)

  • Cuberly

    I’m becoming more convinced that the only way to nip the wing-nut-welfare industry in the butt is to start suing the living daylights out of them.

    • A Cunning Stunt

      I think you are correct. They love money above all else, even power. Take away the thing they love the most.

      • Cuberly

        The only way they get attention is by out-doing each others blatant inflammatory rhetoric. Right Wing Watch does an excellent job of illustrating the nutty fringe framework. It’d be cool if that could be put into legal action.

      • Snarkaholic

        …and then give it to people they HATE the most (LGBT youth shelters, etc.).

    • Snarkaholic

      Agreed. When bigots won’t bake cakes for gays, we’ll start ordering Church of Satan cakes. Send in a different person every day, until the bigot has refused a hundred people. NO amount of crowdfunding will cover his cost of one hundred separate lawsuits.

  • Galvestonian

    I believe there’s an old Chinese curse that goes, “May you live in interesting times” — well, we’re certainly doing that and truthfully it’s rather painful, complicated and distressing. I’d welcome any other Republican Administration over this one and I’m a ‘yellow dog’ Democrat.

  • JAKvirginia

    Um… Mr. Price? Before you leave there’s this issue about the bill…

    • Lizard

      The ultimate dine ‘n’ dash.

      • but but most of the seats were empty, so not my fault?

  • Macbill

    I’m sending thoughts and prayers. Good luck with that.

  • JWC

    wind bags pay

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Crack…meet pot.

  • TCinBerkeley

    Gill seems nice.

  • kareemachan

    What a moran.

  • Ginger Snap

    I’m always amazed when I read about crazy news from my home state if NH appears on JMG. I always thing our little state is off the radar until election time but not anymore.

  • -M-

    Wow. RWNJs think anything they feel like saying must therefore be true.

  • Mike Knife

    That should send a message to the evil people who make others look bad.

    • leastyebejudged

      He got away with it for years and destroyed their lives in the process.

      The jury award isn’t in anyone’s hands yet.

  • The man needs help.

  • RaygunsGoZap

    LOL. Awwwww a conspiracy involving senators, DEA, FBI, drug dealers and a no I have enough money but thanks for thiking of me hit man.

  • ⚓️ Corpsman ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I believe this Gill fellow just might be enamored with Cocoa Puffs.

  • JaniceInToronto

    Well, that poor, poor man. An attempted murder victim and helpful vigilante wannabe, and now he has to pay money to his oppressors.

    God, I just want to go cry…..

    /s

  • Jay Silversmith

    Gill, sweetie darling….you should’ve taken the 50 million.

  • Chuck Russell

    If Jay Sekulow is a scammer than the guy who wrote this is a crackpot communist and the Gill was probably right.