Trudeau's Listener Support Irks Judge
February 19, 2010 at 7:08 AM (PT)
Syndicated talk host, best-selling author, and infomercial king KEVIN TRUDEAU is facing 30 days in jail for contempt of court, and he's crediting his radio listeners for a barrage of supportive e-mails that angered the judge in his civil case against the Federal Trade Commission.
TRUDEAU is defending himself against the FTC's suit over his "NATURAL CURES" books, and after Judge ROBERT GETTLEMAN ordered TRUDEAU to pay $37 million for violating an FTC order, TRUDEAU, on his FEBRUARY 10th show, asked listeners to send e-mails about the case to the judge. The result was a wave of hundreds of e-mails that briefly shut GETTLEMAN's account down and led to a contempt finding against TRUDEAU, which carries 30 days in jail and a $50,000 fine. TRUDEAU has appealed the sentence and has been granted an emergency stay of the order until a hearing next week.
TRUDEAU said, "I'm proud of being found in violation [of laws] designed to suppress freedom of speech and the free-flow of information."
KT RADIO NETWORK GM MATT DUBIEL added, "Who in AMERICA could elicit such a response? RUSH [LIMBAUGH]? [HOWARD] STERN? Maybe a handful of broadcasters? It’s obvious KT’s listeners and fans number in the millions, and the government is hell-bent on silencing people with such considerable influence. Thank God our listeners help and protect us and are supporting this show everywhere it airs."
Details about the show are at kevinonair.com.