RICHARD GRUND vs. AMERICAN MEDIA, INC.

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Rambler

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Civil suit, earlier tossed and subsequently appealed.......

Thursday, October 13, 2011Last Update: 9:46 AM PT
Minister Says Enquirer's 'Casey Anthony Human Sacrifice Ritual' Story Defamed Him
By KEVIN KOENINGER

PALM BEACH (CN)- A Florida minister says The National Enquirer defamed him in a Page 1 story and photo: "Casey Anthony HUMAN SACRIFICE RITUAL! The horrible truth about what happened to Caylee," which called him a "'subject of inquiry in possible HUMAN SACRIFICE.'"

Richard Grund says the Enquirer ran its lurid headline, with the equally titillating subheadline, "'INSIDE CASEY ANTHONY POLICE FILE: BIZARRE TWIST IN CAYLEE'S MURDER, Minister subject of inquiry in possible HUMAN SACRIFICE,' right next to a picture of plaintiff, Richard Grund."

Grund is the father of Casey Anthony's ex-fiance, according to media organizations that covered that case.

After pointing out that the headlines included "bright red" and yellow type, Grund adds: "The article has an excerpted blurb stating 'People do crazy things ... for their strange beliefs,' implying and creating the misimpression that plaintiff's religious beliefs played some role in the horrible tragedy of Caylee Anthony's death."

Grund, a minister in the Pentecostal Holiness Church, says that the Oct. 12, 2009 Enquirer article that depicts him as "some demon-chasing child killer" is false and defamatory.

He also claims that the Enquirer's description of him as "a 'self-proclaimed Christian minister' is false." He says he was ordained and licensed by the Pentecostal Holiness Church in 1992. Grund calls it "a major Protestant denomination," and says the group that ordained him, the Association of Evangelical Gospel Assemblies, "is on of the oldest and largest nondenominational assemblies."

He says the Enquirer "never sought to confirm or deny plaintiff's credentials" before it published the article, "but instead chose to use the derogatory 'self-proclaimed' language."

He claims that the Enquirer mischaracterized his membership in a "Supernatural Response Team" as membership in an "exorcism group."

"Plaintiff does not participate in 'exorcisms,' as exorcisms are a uniquely Roman Catholic ritual performed by Roman Catholic priests," Grund says.

Grund says: "The article creates the false and misleading impression that the police in charge of the Caylee Anthony case were investigating a connection between plaintiff and Caylee Anthony's disappearance and death. Plaintiff was never the subject of such an investigation by the police, nor anyone else and said statement was false.

"The statements regarding 'a demonic chasing team investigating a satanic possession at a house in Rhode Island,' are false, as are the statements regarding the posting of videos, one of which is not the plaintiff's creation.

"The overriding message and content of the article portrayed plaintiff as some demon-chasing child killer for public consumption and the profit of National Enquirer."

Grund seeks punitive damages for defamation.

"The statements in the article convey the misleading falsity that plaintiff, an ordained minister, murdered a child in an unspecified human sacrifice ritual," Grund says. "As a result, plaintiff has been subjected to distrust, hatred, contempt and ridicule which has damaged his reputation and ministry."

Grund is represented in Palm Beach County Court by Douglas Roberts, with Stearns, Roberts & Guttentag, of Fort Lauderdale.
http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/10/13/4058...
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Assumably the defamation suit was over this article published by the National Enquirer.

INSIDE CASEY ANTHONY POLICE FILE: HUMAN SACRIFICE RITUAL
Published on: October 12, 2009

In a bizarre twist to the Caylee Anthony murder case, an investigation was launched to determine whether the 2-year-old toddler was killed in a human sacrifice ritual.

The ENQUIRER has obtained official case documents from the Orange County state attorney's office in Florida that show the subject of the family's inquiry was Richard Grund - a self-proclaimed Christian minister who says he can cast out demons as head of an exorcism group he calls the "Supernatural Response Team."

The group's bizarre motto is: "If it's not in Heaven it belongs in Hell and if it's in the outer darkness awaiting judgment it needs to stay there."

Grund is a familiar figure in the Caylee Anthony murder case. He appeared on TV shows defending his son Jesse, the ex-fiance of Caylee's mom, Casey Anthony, who is charged with Caylee's murder. According to the police documents, Casey's mom Cindy Anthony at one time wondered if Richard and/or Jesse might be connected to her granddaughter's murder.

Cindy had her private investigator, Dominic Casey, dig into Grund's demon-fighting crusade to determine if there was a connection to Caylee's killing.

"Isn't he crazy enough to do something to Caylee?" Cindy asked the investigator in an e-mail dated Feb. 26, 2008. "People do crazy things like sacrefice (sic) for their strange beliefs." In his reply, the private eye called Grund "a total whack job."

On Web sites titled "The Swords Edge," "Solomon's Porch" and the "Supernatural Response Team," Grund says he was freed by Jesus from a 30-year bondage to the occult that began as a child while he watched Casper the Friendly Ghost cartoons.

He claims he once ministered to a woman "who was born to be a Satanic high priestess."

Grund also posts a video of his demon-chasing team investigating a satanic possession at a house in Rhode Island.

Using devices Grund says can measure paranormal activity and record unexplained disembodied voices, he determined there was a spirit present in the house, but since the homeowners didn't want it removed, he "left it there."

Under the video of the search for the evil spirit, Grund posts videos filled with pictures of Caylee, titled Slipped Away, and Jesus Loves The Little Children.

The police documents show that Cindy Anthony's private eye found no evidence to link Grund to Caylee's death.

Police are convinced they have the REAL killer behind bars: Casey Anthony.
http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/ins...
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Original Case filings - lawsuit tossed by the judge

Palm Beach County - Clerk and Comptoller
http://courtcon.co.palm-beach.fl.us/pls/jiwp/...

Case ID: 502011CA015526XXXXMB
Case Caption: RICHARD GRUND V AMERICAN MEDIA INC
Division: AH - BROWN
Filing Date: Friday , October 07th, 2011
Court: CA - CIRCUIT CIVIL
Location: MB - MAIN BRANCH
Jury: Y-Jury
Type: YI - LIBEL/SLANDER
Status: DJ - DISPOSED BY JUDGE

23 ORD - ORDER
20-APR-2012
ON DEFENDANT'S MOTION TO DISMISS, OR IN THE ALTERNATIVE, FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT. ACTION IS DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. L BROWN
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Hmmm.....somewhere in the Palm Beach County site is a link to "get image" of the appeal filed, 11 pages long, and it includes the "Order on Defendant's Motion to Dismiss" and a transcript. However it is stamped "This is not a certified copy".

As an aside, a comparison case of Hughes versus Washington Daily News mentioning secret service men.(?)

It refers to "the fair report privilege" of the media, which in the NE article clearly stated the source to be what was released from the official case file of the Orange County prosecutor's office, and that they rejected the PI docs because they think they have the real killer behind bars.

Then a curious discussion takes place. Grund's attorney, Mr Roberts - "I need a final order of dismissal that's appealable. Although, I'm reminded of some case or instance I had where the Court said that if you didn't ask for leave to amend, that could create some problem, but I can't remember the specifics of it.
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THE COURT: I can't really think up right now a way to amend that wouldn't be futile given the Court's ruling, but if you're requesting leave to amend, I'll give it. You just can't do the same -- you just can't make the same complaint that's petitioned in the same way --
MR ROBERTS: Understood.

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So that suggests to me the basis of the appeal is entirely different from the original civil suit, and Mr Roberts (along with Ms Shullman's and the Judges's collaboration) was working toward this lawsuit being appealed when the original one was tossed.

Very fascinating!
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Link to that document is here - just type in "Grund Richard".

http://oris.co.palm-beach.fl.us/or_web1/or_sc...
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Soon......
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It appears first on the 9am docket is a matter continued - Michael Reggie Israel versus the State of Florida, and the Richard Grund oral argument will be heard immediately after.
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This earlier appeal is pertaining to whether the defendant showed remorse or not, which would be a mitigating circumstance.....the State focused on, in the face of other evidence, that he went to a bar on one occasion with friends and played beer pong.
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Interesting - the next appeal case regards a Motion to Dismiss regarding an alleged theft and sale on the black market of two paintings sent through UPS from a third party retail outlet, originally shipped by the artist to a NY art showing. During the "delivery of goods" the exact nature of liability for intentional misconduct that arises before or after shipping (theft of contents, publication of confidential information, etc) falls into a dark hole.
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Rambler wrote:
It appears first on the 9am docket is a matter continued - Michael Reggie Israel versus the State of Florida, and the Richard Grund oral argument will be heard immediately after.
This one should be next on the docket, followed by RG vs AM.
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Showtime.....

Greybeard is there as well.
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Lost the feed....looping back to the UPS case.

The judge is asking Roberts if he has ANY case law to justify that a judge cannot dismiss a defamation law suit, or the media's right to freedom of the press.. No.

.....live feed just now happens to be stuttering and skipping very badly, oh well......sounds like gremlins are playing with the volume control knob. LOL

RG's attorney is not put forth any real argument.....he thinks he's going to stifle the press's right to publish documented and sourced material from governments? LOL
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I'm going to have to watch the archived version.......missing a lot of this.

One of the judges asks about this part "Grund says he was freed by Jesus from a 30-year bondage to the occult that began as a child while he watched Casper the Friendly Ghost cartoons." Seems Robert's isn't interested about whether or not the material or not is substantially accurate, only the NE's right to publish it after they "stumbled" upon in discovery.
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Something is a little unusual about this.....why was the right to appeal this dismissed suit granted by the 4dca? It's not clear.....so a lower appellant court is being asked to censor what the media can and cannot publish from legal public information sources, at the time time the media fiercely guards its anonymous inside sources who unlawfully leak privileged information, often proven to be unreliable.
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AM's attorney is talking about the Florida Sunshine Laws, the public's legal right to monitor the government........therefore the State does not have the right to limit the public's right by predetermining what information gets put in those documents.

Roberts is denying that's the basis of the civil suit. If anyone understands what is it, kindly advise.....
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"Audio and video archive of oral arguments is generally made available within 48 hours of the live oral argument session."
http://www.4dca.org/video.shtml
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Get a clue. No one cares.
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Rambler wrote:
I'm going to have to watch the archived version.......missing a lot of this.
One of the judges asks about this part "Grund says he was freed by Jesus from a 30-year bondage to the occult that began as a child while he watched Casper the Friendly Ghost cartoons." Seems Robert's isn't interested about whether or not the material or not is substantially accurate, only the NE's right to publish it after they "stumbled" upon in discovery.
What the heck? Just relaxing after dinner and popped up my laptop for a few.

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