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Court Shoots Down Appeal From NRA Lobbyist Marion Hammer

Marion Hammer
Mark Wallheiser
AP Photo
Gun lobbyist Marion Hammer returns to her seat after speaking in the Senate Rules Committee meeting on gun safety in the Knott Building at the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb 26, 2018.

A three-judge panel has ruled against long-time NRA Lobbyist Marion Hammer in a claim that e-mails she received were threatening and caused emotional distress. The 2018 e-mails sent from a group of men including Los Angeles Attorney Lawrence Sorensen contained photographs of victims from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting. During the hearing Sorensen’s lawyer, Thomas Findley told the panel Florida’s standard for wrongful speech is “fairly high.”

“The level of outrageousness can’t be met by this level of communication with a lobbyist in a polite manner," said Findley. "The pictures are gruesome but sometimes that’s what some people think is useful to convey their point.”

In the ruling, the judges say Hammer’s claims don’t reach the level of intentional or reckless conduct needed to count as intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.