Free Dominion files its defence against Richard Warman's lawsuit
Connie and Mark Fournier of Free Dominion have now filed their Statement of Defence against Richard Warman's defamation suit. You can see a copy of that defence here.
As readers will recall, Warman, the former Canadian Human Rights Commission "hate speech" investigator, has sued the Fourniers, as well as Kate McMillan of Small Dead Animals, Kathy Shaidle of Five Feet of Fury, the National Post and its editor Jonathan Kay, and me for our criticims of his tactics, especially his habit of posting bigoted comments online, posing as a neo-Nazi. You can see Warman's lawsuit here, and my analysis of it here. The National Post and Kay have already filed their defence, which I posted and discussed here.
The Free Dominion defence is a fascinating read. It's obviously a document written for the court of law, but it's also a powerful weapon in the court of public opinion. It's quite readable -- not too leaden with legalese -- and it tells a hell of a story. As I predicted when Warman first sued us, we might well be the nominal defendants in this case, but it's Warman who's really going to be on trial.
I don't propose to go through the entire defence here; I really do recommend that you read it. But I will point out a few interesting facts.
Paragraphs 20 to 56 give details of Warman's conduct -- ranging from his habits of posting anti-Semitic material on the Internet, to his conspiracy to assault an opponent (captured on video, here). I knew much of it, but not all -- until I read paragraph 31, for example, I didn't know that Warman had praised Ernst Zundel. That's weird conduct for a Canadian Human Rights Commission investigator. I'll have to make that one of my CHRC Bigoted Comments of the Day.
Perhaps the most fascinating part of the defence, though, deals with the notorious Anne Cools post. Here's a snapshot of that post, in its full Canadian Human Rights Commission glory: