After considerable discussion, the High Court has decided the next hearing in Rachel Riley’s libel case against me will happen on November 6.
If you think the only fireworks that week will be the night before – or the night after – you may be surprised.
This will be the hearing on Rachel Riley’s bid to strike out all – or part – of my defence, that she was desperate to force into a courtroom before the end of July.
So, what’s she planning to do with all the spare time that the court has presented to her?
It could be read as an enticement for her followers to entrap people into making comments about her, so she can burden the court with more libel cases.
The offer to give the proceeds to charity would be the enticement.
I have always claimed that she launched her case against me in the belief that her huge wealth and my own comparative poverty would mean I could not defend myself and she would therefore buy justice. Does that seem the case here?
It looks like grifting – “influencing anybody, anywhere, at anytime, into doing whatever they choose to have them do, that will result in the grifter’s personal gain.”
And it is also right on the boundary of vexatious litigation – a pattern of behaviour leading to possibly frivolous lawsuits.
A court may consider such behaviour to be an abuse of the judicial process and may choose to impose sanctions against the perpetrator. Repeated instances by a single lawyer or firm can result in disbarment.
Already we have seen what I consider to be vexatious attempts at running down the crowdfunded cash supporters of This Site have provided to help me fend off Ms Riley – the silly “shifting sands” claim last December, that the judge threw out without blinking, was one; my opinion is that the current “strike-out” bid is another.
I hope to monitor this situation; if she or her solicitor starts legal action against more people as a result of this tweet, I want to know about it.
In the meantime, I hope you agree that the courts do not exist to further enrich already-overpaid TV parlour game-players – or the charities they support (and we don’t know exactly which charities those might be, either).
If I am successful in defending against her claims, then this might all go away. You are, of course, invited to support me in the usual ways:
Consider making a donation yourself, if you can afford it, via the CrowdJustice page.
Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.
Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.
On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.
On other social media platforms, please mention the campaign there, quoting the appeal address.
And tell everybody you know what you think about Ms Riley’s behaviour – in a non-libellous way, of course.
Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.
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