Riley libel case: she responds to my appeal

That is to say that Rachel Riley’s lawyer, Mark Lewis, has responded. Whether Riley herself pays any attention to what’s going on or has anything to do with it is debatable.

Whoever turns out to be responsible, they are apparently trying to introduce new reasons why the judge should have struck out my public interest defence.

It seems her side is trying to argue that, given the truth defence has been struck out, I cannot rely on the facts in the truth defence as part of the public interest defence.

That would be to approach the issue backwards – I can continue to rely on the assertions I make in my defence, simply not that they are evidence of truth. And remember that the truth under discussion is a very narrow one.

Riley’s side did not make any of these points in the original strike out application and did not even target the public interest defence other than as part of a general effort to strike out the lot, so it will be interesting to see how far she gets with this.

Her legal team intends to provide a skeleton argument within the next 14 days and we will know more about the thinking behind this response then.

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