Good advice from RSM to Nigel Horne…

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Good advice from RSM to Nigel Horne...

…regard­ing libel law:

While I am not liti­gious by nature — my views being rather Jack­son­ian in that regard — per­haps Gov­er­nor Palin, Mrs. Vin­cent and their pub­lish­ers have dif­fer­ent views. It is my under­stand­ing that British libel law is far more inclined toward the plain­tiffs than is true here in the United States, espe­cially for “pub­lic fig­ures” as cov­ered under the U.S. Sul­li­van precedent.

Should Mrs. Vin­cent retain the ser­vices of a British attor­ney, I sus­pect that your pub­lisher would be advised to set­tle the suit at any sum asked, as it would be quite impos­si­ble to prove that Mrs. Vin­cent is “closely asso­ci­ated with a well-​known white suprema­cist,” which I most assuredly am not, no mat­ter what any par­tic­u­lar idiot has pub­lished to that effect or how often it has been repeated.

Think of the cost to your pub­lisher, Felix Den­nis, of fly­ing Charles John­son, Michelan­gelo Sig­no­rile, Rachel Mad­dow, et al., to Lon­don for a libel trial, sir. Ask your­self how such wit­nesses might stand up under cross-​examination,

How do I know this is good advice? As Chris Hitchens reminds us Polan­ski won such a case in England :

In July 2005, Polan­ski took advan­tage of the noto­ri­ous British libel laws to sue my col­leagues at Van­ity Fair and col­lect dam­ages for his hurt feel­ings. It doesn’t mat­ter much what the sup­posed com­plaint was — he had allegedly propo­si­tioned a Scan­di­na­vian model while purring about mak­ing her the next Sharon Tate — so much as it mat­tered that Polan­ski would dare to sue on a ques­tion of his own moral stand­ing and rep­u­ta­tion. “I don’t think,” he was quoted as say­ing of the alle­ga­tion, “you could find a man who could behave in such a way.” Say what? Anx­ious for his thin skin, the British courts did not even put Polan­ski to the trou­ble of appear­ing in a coun­try where he has never lived. They allowed him to pout his out­raged sus­cep­ti­bil­i­ties by video link before heap­ing him with fresh money.

That being the case a cer­tain Lit­tle Green Flake should be happy Mr. McCain is Jack­son­ian by nature. I’d say the same about Mad­dow but she doesn’t have to worry as Robert Stacy some­how thinks she is a hand­somer woman than Mika. I beg to differ.

Frankly I think he should be more wor­ried about Todd Palin. He has a lot more free time to avenge his wife’s honor.

…regarding libel law:

While I am not litigious by nature — my views being rather Jacksonian in that regard — perhaps Governor Palin, Mrs. Vincent and their publishers have different views. It is my understanding that British libel law is far more inclined toward the plaintiffs than is true here in the United States, especially for “public figures” as covered under the U.S. Sullivan precedent.

Should Mrs. Vincent retain the services of a British attorney, I suspect that your publisher would be advised to settle the suit at any sum asked, as it would be quite impossible to prove that Mrs. Vincent is “closely associated with a well-known white supremacist,” which I most assuredly am not, no matter what any particular idiot has published to that effect or how often it has been repeated.

Think of the cost to your publisher, Felix Dennis, of flying Charles Johnson, Michelangelo Signorile, Rachel Maddow, et al., to London for a libel trial, sir. Ask yourself how such witnesses might stand up under cross-examination,

How do I know this is good advice? As Chris Hitchens reminds us Polanski won such a case in England :

In July 2005, Polanski took advantage of the notorious British libel laws to sue my colleagues at Vanity Fair and collect damages for his hurt feelings. It doesn’t matter much what the supposed complaint was—he had allegedly propositioned a Scandinavian model while purring about making her the next Sharon Tate—so much as it mattered that Polanski would dare to sue on a question of his own moral standing and reputation. “I don’t think,” he was quoted as saying of the allegation, “you could find a man who could behave in such a way.” Say what? Anxious for his thin skin, the British courts did not even put Polanski to the trouble of appearing in a country where he has never lived. They allowed him to pout his outraged susceptibilities by video link before heaping him with fresh money.

That being the case a certain Little Green Flake should be happy Mr. McCain is Jacksonian by nature. I’d say the same about Maddow but she doesn’t have to worry as Robert Stacy somehow thinks she is a handsomer woman than Mika. I beg to differ.

Frankly I think he should be more worried about Todd Palin. He has a lot more free time to avenge his wife’s honor.