The morning after the trial… guess where Mike thinks this is going?

I think we’re going to end up in the Court of Appeal.

If I win, Rachel Riley is almost certain to appeal. I don’t think she’s the kind of person who will accept being told she was wrong – and the implications about her behaviour could have serious consequences for her career.

If I lose, I would feel honour-bound to take the matter to the higher authority. The High Court has a history of treating me harshly and I would be strongly inclined to distrust a verdict against me, based on the evidence heard over the last three days.

(Basically: I provided full information of what I did and why I reasoned that my article about Riley’s mistreatment of a teenager was in the public interest, while Riley offered up unsupported claims her lawyers had dreamed up in their heads.)

My legal team – Morgan Rees and others at George Green LLP and David Mitchell of 39 Essex Chambers – have been excellent throughout in a complicated case that has exercised both their minds greatly.

And they still need to be paid – we’re more than £7,000 short of the target, according to what I was quoted a couple of weeks ago.

So… you know the drill:

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It’s been a long week for me (and we’re only halfway through!) and I’m tired – but I haven’t worked half as hard as my legal team.

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3 thoughts on “The morning after the trial… guess where Mike thinks this is going?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      How long is a piece of string? I don’t know. It could be weeks or it could be months.

      And it’s not the latest trial – it’s just the trial. All the events that came before were pre-trial proceedings.

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