We’ve had the deep breath – now begins the plunge to the Riley libel trial

Events are about to start speeding up again in the run-up to This Writer’s libel trial against Rachel Riley on the week of July 18.

We have had a two-month lull in which I have been able to crowdfund most of the trial costs and examine my evidence for errors and/or inconsistencies, but from this week onwards, as I understand it, work will begin on negotiating the preliminary matters of the case with Riley’s legal team and with the High Court.

In metaphorical terms, we’ve had the calm before the storm – now we’re heading into heavy weather.

This week, as I understand it, my legal team will receive a draft “trial bundle index” and will have to comment on it. The trial bundle should contain all the documents to which both parties will refer during the trial.

It’s possible that we will argue with Riley’s people about what needs to go in – but I understand there’s nothing unusual about that.

The crowdfund still hasn’t reached the minimum amount necessary for us to even participate in the trial yet, although we’re not far from it. I am concerned about this, though – as my solicitor will now start drawing on the money and I would have preferred to have been able to make it all available to him immediately.

It is – and will be – possible to continue donating over the next few weeks into the period of the trial itself, and if you want me to succeed, I would strongly urge you to do so if you can – or to urge others to do it.

There are several ways to do this, as I’m sure you already know. For clarity, I’ll list them again:

Make a donation via the CrowdJustice page. Keep donating regularly until you see the total pass the amount I need.

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.

Use other social media in the same way.

And don’t forget that if you’re having trouble, or simply don’t like donating via CrowdJustice, you can always donate direct to me via the Vox Political PayPal button at the bottom of this article. But please remember to include a message telling me it’s for the crowdfund!

All messages of support will be gratefully received also, at this time. While I’m confident in my evidence, it is impossible to tell what a trial judge will decide in advance so I feel justified in being more than a little nervous.

But we’re nearly there! Just a little more time and we could have the result we’ve all been awaiting for nearly three and a half years.

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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