Back in March, I wrote about the Dr. Dawg vs. Fourniers and Smith full trial, covering Day 1 part 1 and part 2 , Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4 part 1 and part 2.
Aside: I did attend day 5, and did keep notes, and I did try to write it up. However, I found it difficult to do it justice, before the cross examination is finished. I do still hope to write about day 5, just when the time is ‘right’.)
Well days 6 and 7 are almost upon us!
The trial will continue on June 3rd and 4th, at the Elgin Street Court House in Ottawa. If you happen to be in Ottawa and have a bit of time, drop by and see history made.
And I am not exaggerating when I say that this will be a historic case: the full trial is being held specifically because the appeal court justices believed that legal precedents regarding online communications need to be set. Therefore, this case will become the guidelines by which all future online communication is judged!
In the words of the Fourniers themselves:
A win in the Baglow case could save FD!
Hi, FD Friends!Once again I’m emailing you with a Free Dominion legal update because you have helped us in the past, and/or you are on our list of friends who are interested in keeping up with our cases. (Please let me know if you no longer want to get these status reports.)
Never give up!
Free Dominion, as you know, is still closed to the public, but that doesn’t mean we have quit!
We are appealing the Warman decision that resulted in the site being closed, and we are currently fighting a very important test case for internet defamation. A win in this case, Baglow v Free Dominion, could result in a decision that site operators are not responsible for the posts of other people. That case law would mean it would be safe for us to re-open the doors of Free Dominion!
The case so far..
We reported last time we wrote you that the Baglow trial would be three days long. Not only did it take that entire week, but we have to go back again for two days in June, and for another whole week in September! That means we will be in court for a total of 13 days for a total of 7 little words!
On June 3rd and 4th we will be in Ottawa for the next phase of that Baglow trial. Connie is representing herself and Barbara Kulaszka is representing Mark. The CCLA is intervening on our behalf.
On June 3rd, Connie will be cross-examining John Baglow and we will hear from the CCLA on the 4th. It will be at the Courthouse at 161 Elgin St, as usual.
Drop by if you can, we would love to see you!
We are running a fundraiser to get our legal fund through the summer. We’ve decided not to use indiegogo this time because it costs a lot and we have to pay them their percentage on offline donations, too, if we want to keep the total current. Instead, we are running it on Free Dominion.
If you can help, we would really appreciate it!You can use PayPal by clicking this link: DonateorIf you feel more inclined, you can also help out using an Interac Email Money Transfer to email@example.com .Alternatively, our mailing address is:Connie Fournier2000 Unity RdElginburg, ON K0H 1M0
Thank you so much to all of you for being there for us! Monetarily, but also through your thoughts, prayers and encouragement. We are not going to give up, and we hope that the result of our fight is more freedom for all of us!
Connie and Mark
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