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Rachel Riley’s libel case against Vox Political’s Mike is in the Top 10 for 2022

I feel so privileged!

Sarcasm aside, I do find it interesting that Rachel Riley’s lawsuit against me was considered the sixth most important of 2022 – immediately after Johnny Depp’s case against Amber Heard.

I could discuss the huge imbalance between the amount of publicity the Depp case received and the coverage that I had – and the effect that may have had on public perception, particularly of my defence, which was hardly discussed in mainstream news reports.

But why cry over spilt milk when the case isn’t over?

I certainly hope Suneet Sharma will continue to monitor the case, which is still active after an Appeal Court judge ordered a special hearing to decide whether I should have permission to appeal.

  1. Riley v Sivier [2022] EWHC 2891 (KB)

A libel trial of former Countdown presenter Rachel Riley against blogger Mike Sivier, in which Riley was successful and awarded £50,000 and an injunction against Mr Sivier.

The case concerned an article on the defendants’ blog which label Riley as a “serial abuser”. The trial considered whether the claim met the threshold for serious harm and whether public interest defence was made out in relation to the claims.

My defence is crowdfunded via the CrowdJustice website – not being a millionaire, I don’t have the financial wherewithal to fight my corner any other way.

If you have heard of the case, but only via the mainstream media, you may wish to learn about my defence by visiting the CrowdJustice site.

After that, you may be moved to support my defence. You can do this in several ways:

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!

Source: Top 10 Defamation Cases 2022: a selection – Suneet Sharma – Inforrm’s Blog

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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MAJOR development in Rachel Riley libel appeal

The Court of Appeal has ordered a special hearing of my application for permission to appeal against the judgment in Rachel Riley’s libel case against me.

This is highly unusual. Practically unheard-of, in fact.

The decision was made by Lord Justice Warby, who has some knowledge of the case, having been a member of the panel that granted my appeal against Ms Riley’s application to strike out all my defences last year.

He has said that the case attracted considerable publicity at the time of the trial in July, and it is desirable for the decision on PTA to be open and transparent, whichever way it goes.

If he had thought that the appeal was plainly weak, he was perfectly entitled to reject it on the papers and draw the appeal to an immediate conclusion. The fact that he has listed a hearing suggests that he thinks there is something in my appeal that is worth consideration.

That might particularly be the case where he dealt with the previous appeal so understands the background well enough to reasonably make a decision on the papers.

If so, I appreciate that it will come as a terrible shock to the pro-Riley trolls on the social media, who have spent more than a month trying to convince my supporters that there is no point in continuing to fund me. Clearly – at least for the time being – they have been shown to have been misleading their readers.

On the other hand, the Appeal Court judge might have largely made up his mind but wants a public hearing so that neither I nor Ms Riley can later complain that the appeal was decided without either of us being heard.

I’m not inclined to believe this because it would not seem to be a good use of court resources to order a highly-unusual hearing, merely to make refusal to grant the appeal more emphatic.

The judge has provided guidance on what he wants my representative (and Ms Riley’s) to discuss and I am talking with my legal team about our response. It means I have spent Christmas going through the judgment and the evidence to identify the best information to use.

But all of this will be pointless if I can’t afford to fund my defence!

I think I have raised enough to pay my Counsel for the excellent appeal documents that he wrote, and that were filed with the court on December 7.That still leaves my solicitors to pay, and then funds must be raised for the work that is now being done, and for the hearing, which will be in mid-January and will last just one and a half hours.

It is vital that this hearing is funded. I know it is happening very soon after my last fundraising drive – and with the Christmas holidays taking place around us, and the timing is certainly unfortunate.

But this is about justice.

We won’t see it if we don’t do everything we can to get it.

So, please:

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!

My appeal has turned a High Court loss into a fighting chance to win – but I can’t do it without you. Please help in any way that you can.

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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Rachel Riley responds to Mike’s libel appeal – but she doesn’t have much to say


Remember my last update, when I stated that my appeal against Rachel Riley’s libel victory had been submitted and she had until December 21 to provide a short, written response?

She has – but there is nothing remarkable in it.

Her core argument is that the original judgment is so comprehensively against me that, even if parts of the appeal could succeed, the overall outcome would be the same so allowing the appeal to proceed would not be a good use of court time.

Basically, she’s saying even if the judge is found to have been wrong, we should not dare to suggest that this means her judgment may be mistaken. Can you see the problem with that?

I and my legal team did our best to head off these arguments in the papers we filed on December 7.

If we manage to succeed on parts of the appeal, it would undermine the evidence base for the rest of the judgment.

And the appeal identifies major errors, made by the judge, that undermine her judgment.

The next part of the case, according to the government’s Justice website, is apparently for my solicitors to send bundles and/or documents to the court, in support of the appeal.

I have a feeling that those bundles/documents should answer the points made by Ms Riley in opposing my appeal.

But of course, solicitors need to be paid for the high-quality work they do. So, please:

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!

This is a risky business. The courts seem fundamentally opposed to the reasoning that encouraged me to write an article about Ms Riley in the first place.

But it was the Court of Appeal that gave me the chance to present my case – and said that, if correctly argued, I should be able to win.

Given the opportunity to consider my evidence, I’m optimistic that I may secure another decision in my favour. Please help me get that chance.

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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Riley v Sivier libel appeal: the next steps

It may be some time before we hear from the Court of Appeal on whether my appeal against Rachel Riley’s libel victory will be allowed to proceed or not.

The relevant documents were submitted in advance of last Wednesday’s deadline and have been accepted by the court.

Rachel Riley now has until December 21 to serve a three-page paper explaining why she thinks the appeal should not be permitted – if she wants to. This is an optional document but one the Court of Appeal encourages respondents to file.

I will greet the arrival of any such information with great interest.

After that, I’m told not to expect a decision in 2022. The court term is practically over and an appeal submitted in December is hardly going to be first in line for consideration. Hopefully we’ll get a response after the new term begins in January.

Will the appeal be allowed?

Good question.

The Court of Appeal may permit appeals to proceed when the appeal has some real prospect of success or where there is some other compelling reason for the appeal to be heard.

“May” is the important word, because the court has discretion not to permit an appeal to proceed, even if it meets either of the two criteria – for example, if a judge decides it would not be a good use of the court’s resources.

With my appeal, I have tried to emphasise concerns about the way the law was applied and to flag up the need to clarify it in the future. Did the judge really give regard to “all the circumstances of the case” where factual information that might be expected to have a bearing on the judgment seems to have been ignored?

We also question the judge’s decision on the application of my editorial judgement.

If an appeal is granted on either or both of these bases, then we can have a hearing in the Court of Appeal that may change the overall outcome of this case.

So there is still a vital need for funding. I need to finish paying for the cost of my Counsel drafting the appeal, and I fear Ms Riley’s legal team are likely to try to throw as many spanners into the works as they possibly can. Responding to them costs money – and we all know how much they enjoy depleting my resources.

If you’ve been following the case this far – and I’m fairly sure you have – then you’ll know what comes next. I’ll state it anyway. Please:

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!

You may see comments from trolls on Twitter and other social media, who support Ms Riley and are attaching themselves to this case in order to discourage you from helping me. They will try to mislead you. Do not pay them any attention.

In fact, their nonsense postings have helped me out – but I’ll give you more on that in another update.

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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Appeal against Rachel Riley libel win is submitted to the court

The Royal Courts of Justice in London: will Mike’s appeal get a fair hearing here?

My appeal against the libel judgment against me has been submitted to the Court of Appeal – minutes before the deadline.

Grounds for appeal and a skeleton argument were drafted by my Counsel, with a little input from myself, and we must now await a decision.

I can’t say too much about it, but it centres on the judge’s failure to have regard for all the circumstances of the case, as required by the Defamation Act 2013, her failure to consider my editorial judgement in putting together the article Rachel Riley complained about… and one serious procedural irregularity.

It’s a long shot, and I have been warned not to have too much hope. But the public interest defence is a developing area of law and my appeal is based on points of law and procedure that – it may be argued – should be clarified.

Now all I have to do is pay for it.

As I mentioned in a previous update, my Counsel’s costs are around £7,000 and my solicitors say theirs may also go that high. Recent donations to CrowdJustice mean the unspent fund stands at around £5,000. I would certainly like to be able to pay my Counsel before the end of the week.

So, if you can help, please:

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.

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These are exciting times – again. While the chances of the appeal succeeding are slim, they would be nonexistant without your continuing support and I cannot tell you how much it means to my search for justice.

Let’s make sure this case can’t be ignored.

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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Rachel Riley libel appeal: attack of the trolls

While we wait for my Counsel to finish writing the grounds and skeleton argument for my appeal against the High Court judgment against me, let’s talk about the strange behaviour of some characters on the social media.

Be warned that some of what follows contains language you may find shocking.

I have to admit, I haven’t been paying much attention to what people have been tweeting in response to my articles about the judgment and my plans for an appeal, so the following came as quite a jolt, when I received it from a friend on November 30:

For those of you who may not be able to read the words in an image file, it contains a tweet from somebody who stated, on the day the judgment against me was published, “May I be the first to say, tough shit Siver, you snivelling little turd. And to all those mugs who donated towards the £233,830 fundraiser he siphoned from you gullible fools, tough shit to you all too. Have a really shitty day.” This was followed with six “thumbs-up” emojis.

Below it was a message from Twitter stating: “VIOLATION FOUND. We looked @[this person’s] account for breaking our abusive behavior rule. We found they broke ourabusive behavior rule through different reports we received about their behavior. They can’t Tweet, Retweet, or Like content, and we’ll ask them to remove the reported content if they want to regain full access to their account. Your safety is important to us.” And so on.

I understand there was quite a flurry of tweets similar to this in response to the judgment – and there have been a few saying similar or worse things after I announced my intention to appeal and started raising funds for it.

So, after I published my most recent update, “Appeal against Rachel Riley libel judgment set to be filed next week”, I decided to pay attention to the responses it received. I was ill (my fifth cold since the start of September) and had little better to do. And I didn’t have to wait long.

“Rejection of appeal to be reached the day after, still good grift, well played,” tweeted an anonymous Twitter user, seven minutes later. This person provided no name or identifying image, was following just 69 people and had only eight followers, and had joined Twitter that month.

Notice the use of the word “grift”, echoing Rachel Riley’s assertion that I am a “grifter”, which is defined as “a person who engages in petty or smale-scale swindling”. There is no truth in such an allegation, of course – so you can draw your own conclusions about this person’s reason for being anonymous.

It’s classic “troll” behaviour, of course – leaving an insulting or offensive message in order to upset someone, get attention or cause trouble.

I decided to engage this person in conversation: “Why are you trying to tell me what I do? It can only be because you are trying to fool other readers into believing your nasty little story.”

The response indicates a willingness to twist words to create a false impression: “I’ve … not told you what to do, simp.” A “simp” is defined as a “silly or foolish person” and the use of that word is further demonstration that this person is a troll – the use of insults being intended to provoke an emotional, and possibly foolish, reaction.

The conversation continued, with me pointing out: “You have a vested interest in broadcasting untruths. Are you being paid for this? If so, by whom?”

This seemed to incense the troll who had launched an attack purely to get an emotional reaction from me: “Ooooh, are you intimating there’s a CONSPIRACY, Mikey?”

“Not at all. Asking if an anonymous troll is being paid to cast shade on a fundraiser for justice seems perfectly reasonable,” I replied.

Funny how these trolls hate being called out on the reasons for their deliberately-offensive behaviour. It is a reasonable question: why else would a complete stranger join Twitter anonymously to attack an attempt to secure justice? What does such a person have to hide?

You see, they can’t claim they need to be anonymous for their own protection because it is they who are deliberately trying to cause provocation; to upset me and to put people off contributing to the fund supporting my appeal.

So, why hide behind a fake name? There has to be a reason. Am I right?

There’s really only one way to combat behaviour like this – and that is to win the case. And the only way to do that is by having enough funding to pay for an appeal. That is, after all, the only reason these trolls are attacking me – to discourage you.

So, please help me foil them by doing any or several of the following:

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!

Tomorrow I expect to see details of the appeal that my Counsel is writing, based on my own observations of the judgment and his expertise in law. No doubt its arrival will spur the trolls to new depths of absurdity.

Let’s give them a reason to think twice before they lower themselves further.

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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Appeal against Rachel Riley libel judgment set to be filed next week

Here’s some good news: the appeal against the High Court’s surprising judgment in favour of Rachel Riley in her libel case against me is set to be filed next week.

The flipside of that is, it will cost around £7,200 and the CrowdJustice fund currently has only about half of that amount. My solicitors reckon their costs will be similar. So we’re about a quarter of the way to our current goal.

This may seem a dishearteningly low amount but it isn’t.

All my legal advisers are committed to the case. They believe in it, and they are keen to do their best to turn it around.

All they need are the financial means to do it.

I would love to be able to provide some more examples of the way the judgment disregards and disrespects the facts of the case – but I am restrained by an injunction the judge imposed.

Having examined the judgment very carefully, though, it does seem clear that the judge has disregarded facts that should have been considered indisputable, in contravention of the demands of the Defamation Act 2013.

I look forward to seeing this explored in an appeal hearing – and that can only happen with your help. Please:

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 am aware that certain people on the social media are still attacking my fundraising events. One recently had their Twitter account frozen, due to the offensive way they attacked both my and you, my funders. I expect more such penalties will be imposed soon.

The only reason they are doing this is fear. They know the judgment is a dud and they know the only way of stopping it from being exposed is to prevent an appeal from happening.

You are the only ones who can foil them.

I’m sure you won’t let me down.

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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Will you support Mike’s libel appeal against Rachel Riley on this fact alone?

Royal Courts of Injustice: a failure of justice happened here, and it needs to be corrected. Critics with their own agenda are trying to prevent it. Don’t let yourself be persuaded by them.

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.

So please:

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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Appeal against Riley libel verdict is under way – but she has demanded £100,000 in legal costs

The Royal Courts of Justice: that could be a misnomer, as there was little justice to be seen in a High Court judge’s decision against Vox Political’s Mike.

Now Rachel Riley wants me to pay £100,000 to cover her legal costs – on top of the £50,000 in damages a High Court judge has already awarded her.

I haven’t got anything like that kind of money. I am an online journalist with no huge corporate machine behind me – and a carer for my disabled partner, not a millionaire TV celebrity.

And I would not willingly cough it up, even if I did have it. The judgment against me is a mess. The judge has cherry-picked pieces of evidence that she thought would support her decision instead of having regard to all the circumstances of the case – as the law required her to do.

None of her findings explain why it would not be reasonable for me to have believed that publishing my article was in the public interest. She just made bald statements that my conclusions were unreasonable and expected me to swallow them.

I decline.

I have spent the last week and a half analysing this dog’s dinner of a judgment and passing on my thoughts to my legal team. My Counsel is likely to start writing an appeal later this week, to be submitted to the Court of Appeal before the December 7 deadline.

It can’t happen at all without funding – and the more we get now, the more likely we’ll be to get it done.

Please help us make this last bid for sanity from the justice system by doing one or more of the following:

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!

Riley is also facing the prospect of a libel action over her ill-advised tweet suggesting that I had been dishonest in my fundraising because I had not mentioned her confidential offer of a settlement.

I’m working on putting together the cash for that by other means. It does arise from this case but I think the money raised here should be focused on the appeal.

I’ll keep you updated on both matters – and I hope the news will be good.

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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Should Mike sue Rachel Riley for libelling him last week?

I’m seriously considering what’s called a ‘Letter Before Action’ over this:

As I stated in my previous update, the numbers expert from Channel 4’s Countdown has got her numbers wrong. The offer was £1,000 to a children’s charity and £5,000 to cover her own legal costs (not court fees as she states here). Court fees were not mentioned in her solicitor’s letter of January 5 this year.

Secondly, that letter laid great stress on the point that the offer was confidential. As Riley has referred to the offer, I see no problem with quoting from the letter: “We wish to make it clear that this offer is made on a confidential basis. If your client chooses to  breach  that  confidence  then  the  offer  is  automatically  withdrawn.  That  should  not  be  construed as permission to breach confidence. We reserve the right to take action against any parties who choose to act in breach of confidence.”

The letter was also marked “without prejudice save as to costs” and so it would have been wrong for me to have referred to it in an open forum prior to judgment.

I don’t see why she should get away with this. Her tweet creates a false appearance that I was fundraising for my case dishonestly. I’ll try to fund the first shot in this matter myself and let you know how it goes.

The simple fact is that I believed I was right to defend myself in court against her.

I still do.

The judgment against me is a travesty. It seems clear that the judge has not correctly applied the Defamation Act 2013, which required her to have regard for all the circumstances of the case, rather than cherry-pick a few inconsequential details and ignore the rest.

If I were to be charitable, I might say it seems that she simply did not understand what happened in the events the trial discussed.

I have sent my thoughts on an appeal to my legal team and am awaiting their comments.

In the meantime, I must thank you all for your fantastic response to last week’s judgment and what I had to say about it. The CrowdJustice fund is nearly £2,000 richer because of it.

An appeal will cost much more than that, though.

We’ve been here before and know how much it will be. Not as much as the trial (thankfully), but still £20,000 or more. I’m awaiting a comment from my legals on the actual figures.

I reckon we can make it, though.

So, please:

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!

The judgment was a terrible shock but I always said the case was likely to go to appeal, one way or another.

Let’s make sure that can happen.

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.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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