Sheridan wins £200,000 defamation case against Murdoch rag

Is it fair to make Murdoch pay for destroying people`s lives?

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  • No. Murdochs newspapers are beyond criticism

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#1
A heartwarming story here and a long overdue kick in the teeth for his unwholesomeness, the Dirty Digger. It's refreshing to see that 12 randomly selected honest Scots jurors can see through the lies to give a resounding thumbs down to lurid, cheap and cynical journalism. Get your wallet out Rupert. Oh, and there's half a million in costs too you filthy stinking stain on the backside of the media and the broader corrupt world of legalised crooks and wasters.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/5246378.stm
 
#2
A heartwarming story indeed, Frenchy. I feared the worst when I learned that Tony Sheridan was taking Murderoch to court. But it seems there are still some small corners of the world where justice has the upper edge.

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#4
"On behalf of my wife and I, can I first of all thank my two sisters and John Aberdeen, from Orkney, for being the best amateur legal team in the world.

"We have over the last five weeks taken on one of the biggest organisations on the planet, with the biggest amount of resources to pay for the most expensive legal team, to throw nothing but muck against me, my wife and my family.

"Well, brothers and sisters, what today’s verdict proves is that working-class people, when they listen to the arguments, can differentiate the truth from the muck.

"The working-class people on the jury who have found in our favour have done a service to the people of Scotland and have delivered a message to the standard of journalism that the News of the World represents.

"They are liars and we have proved that they are liars.

"I could never have conducted this case without the loyalty and support of my wife, my mother, my father, my sisters, my family and thousands upon thousands of working-class people in Scotland who want me to get out of this court and start fighting for the things that matter most.

"Against poverty and inequality in Scotland, and against war and against nuclear weapons.

"Those are the things that matter most, brothers and sisters, and I assure you we will retire for a few days to spend some quality time with our 14-month-old daughter, whom we have had to be apart from for most of the last five weeks, and that’s been the largest and most difficult thing to countenance.

"We’ll spend some time, quality time, with our daughter Gabrielle over the next few days but then I guarantee you, the people of Scotland who believe in their hearts in justice, who believe in their hearts in fighting poverty and inequality and who believe in their hearts in the need to fight against war, I’ll be back on the streets calling for the Israeli troops to stop killing innocent people in Lebanon, calling for the scrapping of nuclear weapons and to call for an independent socialist Scotland

"I want to finish, brothers and sisters, by saying one thing. Gretna have made it into Europe for the first time in their lives, but what we have done in the last five weeks is the equivalent of Gretna taking on Real Madrid in the Bernabeu and beating them on penalties, that’s what we’ve done."
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#5
I am all for Murdoch being made to look a fool but what on earth was the guy thinking in making that speech outside court? Even his wife couldn't keep a straight face.
 
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#6
That was one angry man having his moment. I'm chuffed for him. He was right in what he said about the standard of press reporting in this country. In some cases, such as the Sun, the Mirror and the the NOTW, it truly is appaling and we need more high profile cases like Tommy Sheridan's day in court to show the public just what it's tabloid press, which the Brits love so much, is actualy capable of doing to a man if it doesn't like him. Maybe then, the average Joe in the street might stop buying the sh*t.

These people aren't journailists. They destroy lives an they do it because they can.

Have a look at the thread concerning the lad who was killed recently in Basrah. The Sun advertised asking for people who knew him to get in touch with them. Not only an atrocious act, but one which showed that they can't even be bothered to do thier own investigation.

The Sheridan case shouldn't be about Sheridan himself nor the specific allegations against him, it should highlight the standards of our press, or lack of them as the case may be.

The press must be made more accountable.
 
#7
Murdoch's only success here was giving Sheridan a much-needed shot in the arm - the funding for a renewed political platform, plenty of publicity and a great issue to build his campaign on. Murdoch will come back with more innuendo, if not direct allegations. So at this stage, let's hope the appeal fails and that charges of perjury can be made to stick with the 18 sickos who took Murdoch's 30 pieces of silver.
 
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I think that they will as well. And as for Mr Sheridan, well let's wish him every success in his political pursuits. That might go against the grain with some people, but anyone prepared to go to jail for his beliefs is OK by me.

Could you see Tony or Dave, Ming or Jack McConnell doing anything like that? Could you f*ck.
 
#9
The difficulty I have with this is simple. It's the only case in which for personal preference I wanted both sides to lose.
 

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#10
frenchperson said:
A heartwarming story here and a long overdue kick in the teeth for his unwholesomeness, the Dirty Digger. It's refreshing to see that 12 randomly selected honest Scots jurors can see through the lies to give a resounding thumbs down to lurid, cheap and cynical journalism. Get your wallet out Rupert. Oh, and there's half a million in costs too you filthy stinking stain on the backside of the media and the broader corrupt world of legalised crooks and wasters.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/5246378.stm
FP - firstly Scottish Juries comprise of 15 people. Secondly as the reporter on Radio Forth said the verdict surprised everyone who had sat through 23 days of evidence.

I think that Murdoch and his lackeys will appeal this one. I don't think this case if over and done with.
 

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Auld-Yin said:
FP - firstly Scottish Juries comprise of 15 people. Secondly as the reporter on Radio Forth said the verdict surprised everyone who had sat through 23 days of evidence.

I think that Murdoch and his lackeys will appeal this one. I don't think this case if over and done with.
Only in criminal cases mate. This was a civil jury trial so it was 12 (7-4 majority because one juror was allowed to go on holiday)

Very surprised that he got the decision though after 18 different people testified against him. No way in the world that the NOTW will let this lie.

The appeal and any subsequent perjury investigation will run and run.
 
#12
I believe I read the NOTW chief ******, sorry, chief editor saying that the judgement was wrong as it suggested 18 separate witnesses had committed a massive perjury.
 
#14
Firstly, Scottish Juries only have 15 people on criminal cases. Civil cases have a jury of 12. In this case there was only 11 because one female juror was excused to go on holidays.

Secondly. This is a total reflection on the so called Scottish Socialist Party. What is socialist about the entire hierarchy trying to stitch one another up?

Lastly, I'm not convinced. I think Tommy Sheridan is the luckiest man in Scotland today and I'll be most interested in the outcome of the appeal.


Not that I'm for Murdoch you understand, but I have found the gall of all the witnesses in this case incredible - especially the evidence given by Sheridan himself.
 
#15
One of the criticisms that is often levelled against juries in celebrity libel trials is that they sometimes (not in this case, of course) make decisions (about verdict and award) on the basis of their attitudes towards the parties.
 
#16
Tommy Sheridan and the ordinary people beat the this Sunday toilet paper.Ordinary people on the jury helping an ordinary socialist politician.It tell us one thing, don't f**k with the ordinary man in the street,especially when it comes to voting time.
 
#17
TartanJock said:
Tommy Sheridan and the ordinary people beat the this Sunday toilet paper.Ordinary people on the jury helping an ordinary socialist politician.It tell us one thing, don't f**k with the ordinary man in the street,especially when it comes to voting time.
Ordinary people my arrse. I've always said that Sheridan and his cronies were nutcases and this proves it. Tommy Sheridan is about as Socialist as my last sh1te.
 
#18
While I will have no truck with tabloid scum, particularly the NOTW, a couple of things trouble me about this case (actually considerably more than a couple but for the sake of brevity......)

1) Sheridan claimed that the infamous minutes of the meeting were "lies"

Now, if you had attended a properly minuted meeting and had received your copy of those minutes which documented that you had admitted to the group that you had visited sex/swingers clubs or knocking shops but that you were going to brazen it out "because they can't prove anything"....what would you do? File them? Wipe your arrse with them? or wait until they become significant evidence in a libel trial and then claim that they weren't a true record? Doesn't ring true.....

2) The "Working Class Hero" who has "raged against the tabloid press all his adult life" has apparently sold his story to the Daily Record (Retard), a Scottish tabloid which often has me fuming by its claim to be a cut above what they call "English papers" whereas they are equally as bad, with a whiff of good old Scottish parochialism thrown in for good measure.

Cnuts the lot of them, I believe that Sheridan has such an inflated ego that he might be suffering from some sort of narcissistic personality disorder (apologies for the distinctly amateur psychoanalysis but I'm mad as hell about this! :D )

RAMC_Medic had it dead right....both sides should have lost, the whole sorry saga is a disgrace.

Rant over...... :D



Cheers,

AS.
 
#19
Aerosexual said:
While I will have no truck with tabloid scum, particularly the NOTW, a couple of things trouble me about this case (actually considerably more than a couple but for the sake of brevity......)

1) Sheridan claimed that the infamous minutes of the meeting were "lies"

Now, if you had attended a properly minuted meeting and had received your copy of those minutes which documented that you had admitted to the group that you had visited sex/swingers clubs or knocking shops but that you were going to brazen it out "because they can't prove anything"....what would you do? File them? Wipe your arrse with them? or wait until they become significant evidence in a libel trial and then claim that they weren't a true record? Doesn't ring true.....

2) The "Working Class Hero" who has "raged against the tabloid press all his adult life" has apparently sold his story to the Daily Record (Retard), a Scottish tabloid which often has me fuming by its claim to be a cut above what they call "English papers" whereas they are equally as bad, with a whiff of good old Scottish parochialism thrown in for good measure.

Cnuts the lot of them, I believe that Sheridan has such an inflated ego that he might be suffering from some sort of narcissistic personality disorder (apologies for the distinctly amateur psychoanalysis but I'm mad as hell about this! :D )

RAMC_Medic had it dead right....both sides should have lost, the whole sorry saga is a disgrace.

Rant over...... :D



Cheers,

AS.
Couldn't agree more. Especially as I see no socialist attitude towards the money involved. Where's the donations to the Children's Hospice and other deserving charities out of Mr 'Socialist' Sheridan's winnings and dosh for selling his story to the Record?

Nae chance pal. He'll continue to indulge himself in the south of France with as much boodle as he can screw out of the ordinary working man who was fool enough to believe that the title 'Socialist' indicated a politician who was not greedy.
 
#20
Yes, but there's more chance of Sheridan putting something positive back into society than Rupert Murdoch - who is the guilty party in this case. Hurry up with the payment of costs you dirty digger. And we'd like the last 10 years' Corporation Tax that you've been avoiding, while you've got your hand in your pocket
 

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