The judgement came Thursday after a jury in Superior Court decided against Schwilk in a defamation lawsuit filed two years ago against Schwilk and fellow activist Ray Carney, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
The lawsuit was filed by Joanne Yoon, an independent ACLU contractor who monitored activities of the Minutemen at day-labor sites, where members of the anti-illegal immigrant group and their supporters frequently protested.
According to the lawsuit, Schwilk and Carney repeatedly referred to Yoon in e-mails and on the Web in vulgar terms, the Union-Tribune reported.
Schwilk's attorney, Howard Kaloogian, told the newspaper his client is likely to appeal.
"We think it was a wrongly decided case," Kaloogian told the Union-Tribune. "It makes no sense."
Daniel Gilleon, Yoon's attorney, told the newspaper the court entered a default judgment against Carney, who did not file a response to the complaint.
Punitive damages in the case against Schwilk will be decided Tuesday, according to the newspaper.
A couple walking their dog in Oceanside Tuesday came across a shotgun and a 357 revolver lying in the road, according to police.
Four-time New York Times bestselling author, podcaster, and speaker Gretchen Rubin visited the News 8 Morning Show studio to talk about her new book "Outer Order, Inner Calm." Her book offers a multitude of ideas to help readers de-clutter and simplify to make room for happiness.
Kimpton's Hotel Palomar is the first of twenty Kimpton hotels across the country to launch a social experiment involving guests.
March Madness is underway! The NCAA tournament runs through April 8th and a local pub is capitalizing on its popularity.
The first ducklings of the season arrived at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s San Diego Wildlife Center in Carlsbad this week.
A low-pressure storm system is expected to reach San Diego County Tuesday, bringing light rain and a chance of thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service.
A 36-year-old man was behind bars Tuesday morning on suspicion of stabbing a man and a dog in Vista, authorities said.
There is an incredible opportunity Tuesday night for film enthusiasts. Chosen from 300 film entries from around the world, 15 finalists in the "Migrant Voices Today" film challenge will be screened as part of the 26th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival.
The San Diego Zoo's Safari Park hosted a birthday celebration Tuesday for Joanne, one of the gorillas in its Gorilla Forest habitat.