Kevin Mathewson, Editor of the Kenosha County Eye and Former Kenosha Alderman, received a mixed verdict from a jury on Thursday afternoon. The decision came following a four day defamation jury trial in Kenosha County Circuit Court. Kenosha resident and one time failed candidate for Alderman and BLM activist, Raymond Roberts, accused Mathewson of training his children to be suicide bombers for the purpose of blowing up their school, threatening to murder military veterans, and being involved in the kidnapping plot of Governor Whitmer of Michigan – all on Facebook and through emails. The jury determined that all of the accusations were in fact made, and were in fact untrue, and not even substantially true.
Unfortunately for Mathewson, however, the jury decided that the statements didn’t harm Mathewson’s reputation. Two jurors did agree that Mathewson’s reputation was harmed, but Mathewson needed ten jurors to agree in order to succeed for that question.
Evidence was presented in trial about Roberts’ two OWI convictions and two child neglect convictions he received after beating his who children with belt buckles. The jury didn’t hear about his arrest of being drunk while carrying a gun or how he was stripped of custody and placement of his two children from a previous wife for the severe beating.
“I can’t say for sure, but I believe that the jurors didn’t think that an unhinged criminal like Roberts was believed by the community when he made these outlandish and grotesque allegations. At the end of the day, it’s hard to prove reputational harm. How can I prove that statements from a deranged madman directly affected my reputation with the people that follow Roberts on social media? The radical-minded people that support him were the only ones to see his posts,” said Mathewson.
“It is an almost insurmountable task to collect monetary damages in a defamation case, even when the jury unanimously agrees that the defamatory statements were false, like what happened in this case,” said Mathewson’s Attorney, Xavier Solis.
“I would like to thank God, my family, my friends, and especially my attorneys, Xavier Solis and Eric Olson, for getting these verdicts. I didn’t get the $5 that I asked for, but I was vindicated by a jury of my peers, after all of the evidence was heard, and declaring that I didn’t do these evil things that were alleged of me. I wasn’t in this for the five bucks, I was in it to clear my name with regards to the public ramblings of a dangerous criminal. My attorneys and I accomplished this task and I’m so thankful to the jury,” said Mathewson.
“I walked out of the courthouse today with my head held high. The citizens of Kenosha County now know the truth about this evil man’s allegations. I also learned that this man is so irrelevant, and that his online commentary and opinions aren’t taken seriously, and have no effect on people’s opinions.” said Mathewson.
***In-Court Supporters of Mr. Roberts that seemingly supported his false statements included:
Kenosha Alderman Rollin Pizzala (D)
Board Member of Extremest Group, Forward Kenosha, Jodi Muerhoff (D)
Kenosha Alderman Anthony Kennedy (D)
Kenosha County Board Supervisor, Failed Aldermanic and Sheriff Candidate Andy Berg (D)
Kenosha County Board Supervisor Andrew Berg‘s Parents (D)
Kenosha School Board President Yolanda Santos (D)
Kenosha Mailman Who Stole Used Panties And Possibly Sniffed Them, Evan Quirk (D)
Man Out on Bond For Fighting Kenosha Deputies Joel Trudell (D)
Attorney for Johnson Bank and Wife of Joel Trudell, Kate Trudell (D)
Trans Activist Mitch Ferraro (Calls Young Son They/Them) (D)
Kenosha County Democratic Party Chairman/C.U.S.H. Director/Failed Candidate for Office Lori Hawkins (D)
Multiple Violent Felon Sharmain Harris (D)
Kenosha Police and Fire Commissioner Pam Drummond (D)
Failed Journalist Daniel Thompson (D)
Self-Claimed Historian Dee Hölzel (D)
Kenosha Resident Dawn Bench (D)