If no news is good news, then this is good news in libel fight against Rachel Riley

A week after a complicated court hearing in which Rachel Riley tried to throw out my defence against her libel charge, the judge has yet to hand down her decision.

I don’t know whether this is good news or not.

My fear, immediately after Mrs Justice Collins Rice announced that she would reserve judgment, was that she would discuss the case with one of the other High Court judges – who may be more experienced in libel matters than she is – and that that person would advise her to find against me.

It seems that has not happened; if it had, I think we would know the decision by now.

I can only deduce, from the length of time being taken over the judgment, that the judge is examining the evidence very thoroughly – and that my counsel, David Mitchell, gave her a lot to think about.

I know a favourite part of our case, from those of my supporters who attended the online hearing by video link, was a reference to the recent inquiry into the behaviour of Home Secretary Priti Patel, which stated very clearly that her own claim not to have intended to bully anybody was irrelevant; she could have done it without knowing she was doing it.

This was important to my case because Riley was saying that she should not be accused of engaging in, supporting or encouraging abuse of a teenage girl because she did not intend for those things to happen. The Patel case shows that her intent was irrelevant – all that matters is the effect her actions had.

With Christmas less than a week away now, I don’t know whether we’ll see a judgement until the New Year. For me, this is upsetting as I’ve been living on my nerves, anxiously waiting for a result that could change this case fundamentally.

I will keep you informed of any new developments.

This is not a call for funding. Christmas is coming and I’m sure you all have better things to do with any cash you may have left after the Covid-19 pandemic ravaged the UK economy.

I’ll write about future plans when we know the judge’s decision.

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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9 thoughts on “If no news is good news, then this is good news in libel fight against Rachel Riley

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Thanks, and I hope you have a peaceful Christmas and a better new year than 2020 turned out to be!

  1. G Millward

    As you say Mike, no news is good news and as is always the case, it is not the intent of the person carrying out the action but the impact of that action that is the deciding factor.

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