- Verdict sends message that out-of-control media must be more responsible, says Paul Callan
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Paul Callan is a CNN legal analyst and a former media law professor. He is a former New York City homicide prosecutor and criminal defense attorney who currently serves as "of counsel" to Edelman & Edelman, PC and is senior trial counsel at CallanLegal, where he focuses on civil rights and wrongful conviction litigation. Follow him on Twitter: @paulcallan The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)A Florida civil jury of four women and two men administered the legal version of a "pile driver," one of pro wrestling's most dangerous moves, Friday in awarding to ex-wrestler Hulk Hogan $115 million in compensatory damages against Gawker Media and its CEO Nick Denton.