United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
774 F.3d 736 (2014)
In the course of representing a man charged with quadruple murder, attorney James Mason (defendant) was interviewed on the NBC news program Dateline about the high-profile case. Mason claimed that his client could not have possibly committed the crimes because the client was several hundred miles away in Atlanta, Georgia, at the time the murders occurred in central Florida. During the interview, Mason purported to refute the prosecution’s theory of the case, which required his client to have traveled via plane, commit the crimes, and then fly back to a location in Atlanta within a narrow timeframe. At one point, Mason stated, “I challenge anybody to show me, and guess what? Did [the prosecution] bring in any evidence to say that somebody made that route . . .? State’s burden of proof. If they can do it, I’ll challenge ‘em. I’ll pay them a million dollars if they can do it.” The interview aired after Mason’s client was convicted by a jury and sentenced to death. However, NBC edited Mason’s comments to state, “I challenge anybody to show me—I’ll pay them a million dollars if they can do it.” Dustin Kolodziej (plaintiff), a law student, viewed Mason’s interview, accepted Mason’s challenge, and proceeded to videotape himself successfully making the trip. Kolodziej filed suit against Mason in federal district court in Texas after Mason refused to make payment. The district court granted Mason’s motion for summary judgment, holding that Mason’s hyperbolic statement directed at the prosecution did not amount to a unilateral offer that could be accepted by Kolodziej. Kolodziej appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Wilson, J.)
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