Nice - it turns out at least some people on the Hagaman defamation trial jury know what an opposition politician's job is. Nice also that this result means the Hagamans, not the guy doing his job, are likely to end up saddled with costs. The only dark spot is that the jury left room for further court action on one of the claims - for vindictive rich people, that's an invitation to pursue the vendetta. Hopefully the definitely-not-defamed Lani Hagaman will prove reluctant to throw good money after bad.
Nevertheless, although the result is a good one, the case itself should never have had a chance from the start, and the fact that it did have a chance, and a good one apparently, means the government needs to do a lot more to protect freedom of speech in this country. The current ability of wealthy people to make others' lives a misery just for speaking the truth ought to be a source of shame to our lawmakers - maybe now that Little's felt the sharp end of our lack of protections for free speech he'll feel inclined to do something about it.
April 25 in history
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