Like the rest of the population I have watched with interest the revelations that have occurred during the Williams v Craig defamation case. I sense that the media have had a wonderful time and I cannot think of another case where so much detail has been tweeted, facebooked and reported on.
No doubt the qualified privilege that applies to the reporting of court cases plays a part here. Media cannot be sued for reporting in good faith what was said in Court. And so it should be.
Without this protection I am sure the media would be much more careful. Colin Craig is not someone who has been reticent in exercising the legal protection of what he believes are his legal rights in the past.
And I have a very good understanding of the economics of the legal system based on 32 years of legal practice. I have had one occasion where I consulted a very good lawyer on the implications of defamation law and whether I should sue a national media organisation and a right wing blogger of very poor reputation with associations to one of the parties to the litigation and the advice was robust, if you have suffered economic loss then go for it but otherwise save your money.
My costs were less than four figures. I suspect the costs of the participants in the current case are well into six figures. Each.
Their lawyers are very good. Apart from Willie Akel if I was in defamation trouble I would instruct either of these guys.
And the really sad thing is that the woman in the middle is having to relive something she clearly does not want to.
She is the innocent person here. One party to the litigation is alleged to have sexually harrassed her. Maybe he did, maybe he did not. Maybe in a human way they became close. Either way it appears that Colin Craig stepped over the line, especially for the leader of a party that promotes conservative moral values.
To both of them can I suggest that they immediately discontinue their proceedings. And pay the anticipated further legal fees to a suitable charity. I suggest Salvation Army. The lawyers will understand. At least I hope so.
The world will be a better place if they do so. If they feel the need to deal with their testosterone levels then they should find a private boxing ring.