There seems to be a certain amount of pushback on the social media, against my plan to appeal the judgment on Rachel Riley’s libel case against me.
People presenting themselves as legal experts are trying to put potential contributors to the CrowdJustice fund off helping out, relying on their own claims of expertise to cast doubt on my chances of success.
The problem with that is, these are people who have only read the judgment and have no knowledge of what my defence was. Therefore they have no understanding of how inaccurate the judgment was.
So today I thought I’d provide just one example of why this judgment was wrong and needs to be contested:
At one point, the judge claimed that my defence failed because I did not contact Ms Riley for comment before publishing my article – on three details that weren’t even mentioned in it.
Obviously there was no need to do any such thing. I can’t be responsible for libelling anyone on the basis of words that I did not publish. That’s the law and the judge in this case has ignored the law.
And that is just one error among many in the judgment on my case.
The injustice is absolutely staggering. If you are as outraged by it as I am – and as many right-thinking people already have been – please help me fight it.
I have a few thousand pounds left in the fund after the trial and the fundraising over the last week or so, but drafting appeal documents costs a considerable amount in itself, let alone actually going to an appeal hearing.
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, where it appears on that website. But please remember to include a message telling me it’s for the crowdfund!
I question the motives of the people who are criticising me on Twitter (and presumably elsewhere) for continuing to seek justice.
They seem to be supporters of Riley, and it seems clear that they fear what may happen if an appeal is submitted to the courts.
Once again, we face the possibility that an injustice will be inflicted on me, simply because I am not as rich as my opponent.
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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