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San Diego Minutemen Leader Ordered To Pay ACLU Worker

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San Diego Minutemen leader Jeff Schwilk has been ordered to pay $135,000 for repeatedly calling an American Civil Liberties Union contractor vulgar names, it was reported today.

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.

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