Entering the gothic cathedral of law for the first time was a little surreal as we wove our way through the corridors to our allotted courtroom. I sat at the back of the court with the Singh posse waiting for the Judge feeling not unlike a naughty schoolboy outside the headmaster’s office.
We all stood up as the Judge entered and Simon’s lawyer addressed the Judge. We were under strict instructions of no tweeting, blogging, farting or recording, so I am unable to give you a full transcript, however, please allow me to paraphrase…
Lawyer Dude: “You’re most worthy eminence, sir, your majesty whatever etc etc. We have given you a shit load of documentation explaining why Simon should be given permission to appeal, do you want me to go through the 4 major points”
Justice Law: “Nah, I can’t be arsed to go through all that as you’ve written far too much, anyway I’ve already made up my mind to grant Simon permission for a full appeal and Simon will be allowed to re-argue it was fair comment. Now bugger off and try and write something a bit shorter for the full appeal.
I may not have used the exact words, but you get the general idea. For a more sensible update take a look at
- Padraig Reidy’s piece for Index of Censorship
- Tessa's guest blog on Lay Science.
- Simons post hearing statement on the Sense About Science website
- Heresy Corner on Simon Wins One
- Nature News
- Dr Aust's Spleen
- And of course Jack of Kent's Permission Granted
I was hoping to point and laugh at the BCA, but they didn’t turn up, word has it they they’d got wind of the hearing.
Great News. Just a successful appeal and then a trial to go then. Piece of cake.
It was also nice to see #SinghBCA trending on twitter today, let hope this helps us get a few more signatures for libel law reform.
Ooh and even Google were in on the act:
Or perhaps i just made that up. Anyway, here's Simon speaking directly after the appeal...