AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Jackson’s son also was accused of battery and of false imprisonment for allegedly preventing Peterson from leaving the meeting. The jury rejected the claim that Jackson’s son actually struck Peterson – the alleged battery – or prevented him from leaving, but the panel split 6-6 on a claim of simple assault that contended he “may have threatened to touch him,” Sobel said. “It’s a total vindication. We are thrilled,” Sobel said in a telephone interview after the verdict. “Nothing happened” at the meeting, Sobel said. “This guy makes a living attacking Rev. Jackson and this case has been a propaganda machine for him.” After the verdict, Peterson insisted that he was harassed by the Jacksons. A jury Friday rejected claims in a lawsuit that the Rev. Jesse Jackson cursed and threatened a conservative minister at a 2001 gathering. The Superior Court panel also rejected most of the suit’s claims against Jackson’s son Jonathan, but split 6-6 on a claim of simple assault. The defense said it would ask the judge to issue a directed verdict. The plaintiff’s side indicated it would oppose that and would seek to refile that part of the case. The lawsuit was brought by the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of the conservative Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny. Peterson accused Jesse Jackson and his son of assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and violation of his civil rights by threatening to use force against him because of his political affiliation, said Carol Sobel, the attorney who represented the Jacksons. “There were people in the room who saw it, and there are people who agree with me, but because of their fear of Jesse Jackson they’re afraid to come forth (and testify),” Peterson said. As for Jesse Jackson, “to go on the stand and to just outright lie and to call himself a reverend, I have no respect for him,” the minister said. Peterson was represented by lawyers from Judicial Watch, a conservative Washington public-interest group that said it considered it a victory even to get Jackson into court. “We’re pleased that Jesse Jackson was held accountable for his conduct in a court of law. … We got our day in court,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a telephone interview. Michael Hurley, Peterson’s lead lawyer, said he was disappointed by the ruling and would consider whether to appeal. “We believe we had the truth on our side here,” he said. Much of the case involved testimony from people at the meeting who claimed they did or did not see Peterson roughed up but “there weren’t many impartial witnesses,” Hurley said. Hurley said he spoke to jurors after the verdict and they told him: “We wished we had more proof.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!