Saturday, March 03, 2012

Legal precedents in the making?

Good Day Readers:

Assuming there is no out of court settlement and the matter goes to trial it could set some interesting legal precedents. For example, Mr. Martin might choose to continue bad mouthing the plaintiffs in parliament while enjoying immunity. Admittedly, not the wisest strategy but indeed possible. If one side were granted a publication ban what then? Also, there's the little matter of pre-trial conferences normally closed to the public unless one or both sides file a motion for argument in which case only that portion of the proceeding would normally be open.

And let us not forget Ottawa-based Campaign Research Incorporated sent Mr. Martin a defamation notice letter February 27, 2010 as a result of his February 26, 2012 comments on CTV's national affairs program Question Period. No damage amount was cited.

Clare L. Pieuk


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