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Compensatory damages are are damages awarded by a court equivalent to the loss a party suffered. Punitive damages are considered punishment and are awarded on top of compensatory damages. In places like the UK there is no concept of punitive damages, so compensation there will be the actual loss you have incurred. As part of tort reform efforts in the US, legislators made a cap on punitive damages in many states. In Virginia, Johnny Depp was at first awarded $5 million in punitive damages but that was reduced to $350k. One lawyer I watch thinks Jones will have his reduced to about $2 million in punitive damages.

Currently only three states, Massachusetts, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, tell jurors that there is a damage cap. The reason is because of law professor Michael J. Saks’s study which showed that when jurors were informed of damage caps, they would adjust the size of the award to meet the damage caps, even in cases with injuries of low and medium severity. He attributed this to anchoring bias, which describes people’s tendencies to rely heavily on a piece of information—in this case the damage cap—to make subsequent decisions.

Incitement Is Not a Real Crime
https://mises.org/wire/incitement-not-real-crime

"This problem is related to a similar problem: making noncrimes like slander (i.e., defamation) into prosecutable offenses. A 'slanderer' can say all sorts of things. And, indeed, a respect for freedom of speech dictates that we allow him to do so. After all, the people who hear what he has to say remain completely free to come to their own conclusions about what to do with that information. Just because some person says 'your sister is a whore,' doesn't mean we are required to believe him or act on those words in any particular way.

"In practice, laws against incitement and defamation are very dangerous to basic human rights, and both place nonviolent people in legal jeopardy merely for the 'crime' of expressing opinions. These laws are direct attacks on the right to free speech. "
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