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Joe Francis

HUGE WIN in Underaged Girl Case

4/7/2011 7:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis just scored a MAJOR legal victory -- after an all-female jury decided he won't have to pay a single cent to the 4 women who accused him of ruining their lives by featuring them in his videos while they were underage.

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Francis -- who represented himself for part of the trial in federal court in Florida -- eventually hired a team of attorneys ... who managed to convince the jury that Joe is not responsible for any lasting emotional damage alleged by the women and therefore shouldn't have to pay them anything.

Francis had argued that the women had consented to being filmed and they simply made up the claims of emotional distress after the fact in the hopes of a payday.

After the jury made their decision -- Francis said, "My legal team did an outstanding job and Girls Gone Wild will continue to take strident measures to avoid facing these false allegations ever again."

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Criss    

That guy is such a creep!

1263 days ago
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mildly insane    

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All female jury. Really? Does anyone else see this as a conflict of interest? Regardless of whether he won or not, women are more likely to sympathize with women who feel cheated than men are, especially when the man earns a living exploiting women.

Posted at 5:37 PM on Apr 7, 2011 by Al
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He won because the women on the jury didnt feel like being played

1263 days ago
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Superman    

That guy is sleazy douchebag! But, the jury did right. You can't blame that toolbag for their dumbass, slutty mistakes. It doesn't take a smart person to know that you shouldn't get naked in public, especially in front of camera and also when the person behind the camera is trying to make money off of you!

1263 days ago
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If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Even though I believe this guy is the main molecule which makes up sewer slime, I agree with the ruling. These weren't babes in the woods by ANY stretch of the imagination, underage or not, & wasted or not. Not only that, the nail in the, uh, females (for lack of a better word) coffin was an all female jury! PARTY ON!

1263 days ago
20.

HarryPalms    

Promised them their own ALL-FEMALE JURY GONE WILD

1263 days ago
21.

Puckett    

lol, WINNING!

1263 days ago
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amanda    

Those girls are responsible for there actions! It was their choice to flash people in public, or show themselves naked. I'm pretty sure those underage girls knew they were underage, and knew there were people recording them. I don't like joe, but i'm actually glad he won. Those stupid 16 year old sluts need to be held responsible!

1263 days ago
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MoodSwing916    

Give me a break. Since the douche made GIRLS under the age of 18 sign waivers and provide ID that stated they were under 18 maybe just maybe he should have said come back next year. Funny how kids under the age of 18 can't sign other contracts (because they aren't adults) but under age girls can be plied with liquor and sign contracts to show their genitalia. Why shouldn't those kids share in the profits, it's their bodies making the money after all. Disgusting how our society sexualizes kids then blames the kids for it.

1263 days ago
24.

ubernoob    

Stop wanting to own a few jets, a island and have million then hate on the ones that do!

1263 days ago
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Ed Hardy    

All female jury. Really? Does anyone else see this as a conflict of interest? Regardless of whether he won or not, women are more likely to sympathize with women who feel cheated than men are, especially when the man earns a living exploiting women

1263 days ago
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Sabrina    

He repped himself so he's joking when he congratulates his legal team.
These dumb whores signed waivers saying they were of age so they were in the wrong to begin with. How about instead of trying Joe we try the bitches who lied about their age on paper?

1263 days ago
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John    

Emotional distress, my a$$. I went to highschool with a girl that tried to sue him once and she's now a stripper. I bet she even said in her interview that she was on the cover of one of his vids when she was 15.

1263 days ago
28.

badazz    

THATS WHAT U BITC*ES GET .

1263 days ago
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Dixie    

I think Joe Francis is the biggest douchebag to walk the earth but he is not responsible for girls acting like drunken trashy sluts infront of a camera. They signed the consent form, and did this of their own free will.

1263 days ago
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Panamaed    

The “Joe Francis Girls Gone Wild” case may turn out to be more monumental than one case Panama City is notorious for…..The Gideon Case.

Clarence Earl Gideon was a drifter convicted of petty theft from a pool hall; at the trial he was denied a lawyer. His appeal to the Supreme Court was accepted, and the decision ordered that lawyers be provided in all criminal cases. Gideon’s conviction was not overturned, but he was to be tried again.

W. Fred Turner was Gideon’s lawyer in this second trial. By destroying the credibility of the prosecution’s key witness through exposing contradictions with other eyewitnesses and the witness’s self-admittedly false statements (such as about his prior criminal record), Turner won an acquittal for Gideon but Justice in Panama City did not improve much.

In the Francis case, the Federal Judge Richard Smoak and his ex-law partners did everything, including incarceration, intimidation, threats of contempt, $2,500 contempt fine and other means to prevent Joe Francis from representing himself and his Corporations Constitutional Rights, but in the end a jury of his peers redeemed Joe Francis, et.al.

I hope Joe’s case doesn’t end up just bragging rights like Gideons AND PAYBACK IS TENFOLD!!

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