Xianthrippe – wrongly spelt and linked when I am a real keyboard describes the miscarriage of justice which is John “Dr. Dawg’s” endless defamation suit against Connie and Mark Fournier. I commented
Thank you again for covering this travesty.
Connie and Mark and Roger are being put through an expensive wringer by a man who knows better. Unlike Warman, Baglow is misguided rather than actively evil. As you report, he knows shame and is feeling it as this farce goes on. People who, normally, he would respect are lined up with the Fourniers. Even if, as unlikely as it is, he wins his win will simply skiffle the conversation of the internet. He will silence his critics and, eventually, his critics will use his precedent to silence him.
How sad. I was chatting to Connie a day ago and talked about a bar I used to go to where lefty academics fought tooth and nail with right millionaires. It got hot. Insults were exchanged. People said things which, in the sober light of day, they might have phrased differently. No lawsuits. Brass rail rule.
Several years ago I offered my good offices to settle this silly dispute. Connie and Mark were up for it. John was not. Which has meant huge legal fees for both sides over a remark which would be a commonplace in any Legion or pub in the country. Which John knows. After all, he repeated his so called defamation using his sock puppet Miss Mew. Which he also knows.
If Baglow wins it is pretty much the end of free discussion on the net in Canada. Which he also knows.
I know John well enough to know that that outcome is not what he wants or intends. We disagree about politics but we don’t about free speech.
He needs to drop this case now just on the off chance that he might win.