Riley libel case: hope for the best – but we must plan for the worst

As I write this, the judge has still not handed down her verdict on Rachel Riley’s application to have my defence against her libel accusation struck out.

In a week’s time it will have been a month since the hearing. Even with Christmas between then and now, it seems a very long time to wait for a judgment.

On one hand, this could be a good thing – it could indicate that she is inclined to find in my favour and dismiss the application, and has spent the time ensuring that such a judgment is corrrect in law.

On the other, she could be finding ways to justify a verdict in favour of Riley.

Either result could be contested; both sides could appeal, if they could find a justification for it – and if one of us has the funds.

Then there is the question of the actual trial. That is unlikely to happen until 2022, I am told, but it will still need to be funded.

If the judge finds for me in the current application, some of the pressure will be relieved as my £29,000 legal fees would have to be paid by Riley – but we cannot rely on that.

We can only rely on the CrowdJustice cash – and that fund is running low.

This case has always been about whether justice should be allowed to be bought by the person with the biggest bank account.

If you still believe that justice should be decided on the evidence instead, then I must ask once again:

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.

I hate making these requests.

But I have no choice.

I believe in justice – as do you.

It seems this is the only way any of us can get it.

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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