Welcome to the official website of Canadian human rights lawyer Richard Warman.
1. Bravo, bravo, bravo to the seven women who successfully took legal action against British police services whose undercover officers formed intimate relationships with activists (sometimes for years and having children with them) while spying on environmental and animal rights groups. There would never have been ‘consent’ to these relationships, it appears to be more like state sanctioned sexual assault. Bravo as well to Harriet Wistrich, their lawyer who overcame repeated legal efforts by police to stall or dismiss their lawsuit and justice for these women.
2. UPDATE – Arthur Topham has been convicted by a jury of his peers of the willful promotion of hatred against the Jewish community contrary to s. 319 of the Criminal Code. My thanks for the long and hard work of Harry Abrams as well as the police and Crown Prosecutors of the BC Hate Crime Team.
I believe that justice has been served and can do no better than to quote Martin Luther King Jr from his address at Western Michigan University on 18 December 1963:
Now the other myth that gets around is the idea that legislation cannot really solve the problem and that it has no great role to play in this period of social change because you’ve got to change the heart and you can’t change the heart through legislation. You can’t legislate morals. The job must be done through education and religion. Well, there’s half-truth involved here. Certainly, if the problem is to be solved then in the final sense, hearts must be changed. Religion and education must play a great role in changing the heart. But we must go on to say that while it may be true that morality cannot be legislated, behavior can be regulated. It may be true that the law cannot change the heart but it can restrain the heartless. It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me but it can keep him from lynching me and I think that is pretty important, also. So there is a need for executive orders. There is a need for judicial decrees. There is a need for civil rights legislation on the local scale within states and on the national scale from the federal government.
That, and Linkin Park and Rakim with “Guilty All the Same”
I note in passing the trial of Arthur Topham on a charge of willful promotion of hatred under s. 319 of the Criminal Code begins today.
3. The Party’s Over – Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Litigants (OPCA litigants aka detaxers/sovereign citizens/freemen)
The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench (ABQB) has been doing the world a lot of favours these past few years by leading the way in dismantling the anti-government conspiracists who prefer that they not pay taxes or otherwise be shackled by the norms of civilized society if they might be expected to contribute their fair share. If the brilliant 2013 magnum opus in Meads v Meads was the D-Day equivalent, then the ABQB are moving on the Rhine with their latest decision declaring Allen Nelson BOISJOLI (ANB) a vexatious litigant who can’t file any more court documents without a judge’s permission.
The writing is on the wall when the Court describes your arguments as variously “having an overwhelmingly juvenile character” (para 48); “rubbish” (para 54); that you have committed criminal acts (para 63); “preposterous” (para 85); and sums it up saying:
Vexatious Litigant Order
 I have identified eight independent bases on which I have declared or found that Boisjoli is a vexatious litigant. He has also exhibited additional aggravating litigation conduct. To some degree these do overlap, but the net result is obvious. This is an individual who is a clear target for a court order that restricts his future activities.
Notaries Beware – Perhaps the real diamond in the rough in this decision though is the message that it sends to the Notary Public community that if you’re involved in enabling OPCA/detax activities, then you’re engaging in unprofessional conduct and possibly contempt of court. Here, Associate Chief Justice Rooke has ordered that a copy of his reasons containing no-holds-barred criticism of Edmonton notary Edward Powell be forwarded to the Alberta Minister of Justice for consideration of whether Powell’s appointment as a Notary should be revoked (paras 113-124). As someone who has received detax nonsense given a sheen of false legitimacy by a Notary Public who signed off on it, I’m glad to see someone being taken to task.
I mean really, for the OPCA/detaxers, what’s left but the cleaning up?
4. Richard Warman v Connie Fournier and Mark Fournier – December 2nd, 2015 is the date that has been set by the Ontario Court of Appeal for the meritless appeal by the Fourniers in my successful libel action against them. Of interest is the fact that they’re not appealing the $31,000 in damages awarded against them by the jury of their peers they demanded. The Fourniers are only appealing the permanent injunction to stop defaming me and the $62,000+ in costs against them personally.
5. Richard Warman v Michael Veck libel action
Conservative staffer must pay $10k damages for defaming human rights lawyer
31 July 2015
A senior Conservative Senate staffer who repeated lies that an Ottawa human rights lawyer had published a bigoted Internet attack on Senator Anne Cools must pay the human rights lawyer $10,000 in damages the Ontario Superior Court has ruled. In a decision issued yesterday, Justice David Corbett found the attack to be indefensible and “obviously defamatory.”
Michael Veck, also a lawyer, is parliamentary advisor to the Conservative leader in the Senate (this may be past tense). In March 2009, Veck republished a defamatory attack against Ottawa human rights lawyer Richard Warman. The material was posted to a Stanford University website forum catering to leaders in politics, academia, the military, and journalism. The original attack was written by Jonathan Kay and appeared on the website of the National Post before being publicly withdrawn and retracted after service of a libel notice by Warman. Both Kay and the National Post subsequently settled a libel action against them. For reasons that remain unclear, Veck republished the attack to the Stanford forum more than a year after Kay and the Post had deleted the article from their website. Justice Corbett found that Veck’s half-hearted subsequent retraction did nothing to reduce the damage and that Veck bore equal responsibility for spreading the original libel quoting famous English judge Lord Denning:
“Our English law does not love tale-bearers. If the report or rumour was true, let him justify it. If it was not true, he ought not to have repeated it or aided in its circulation. He must answer for it just as if he had started it himself.”
This judgement comes in the immediate wake of Ezra Levant and two other right-wing bloggers settling libel actions against them which saw them apologize and retract the same allegations. “Bearing false witness against your neighbour is both a moral and legal sin. The judgement further clears my reputation of this disgraceful slur. Veck is a lawyer and should have known better before launching his unprovoked attack against me.” Warman concluded, “Yet another reason to abolish the Senate.”
6. LIBEL ACTION SETTLEMENTS
11 June 2015
Update (21 June 2015) – Connie Fournier and Mark Fournier, the only remaining defendants in this action have rejected an offer to settle of $1 in damages plus $2,500 costs each that I would donate to charity (outlined below). I suggest people remember this next time they ask for $.
Richard Warman is pleased to confirm settlement of his libel actions against Ezra Levant, Michael Coren, Quebecor Media Inc., Sun Media Corporation, Sun TV News, Catherine McMillan, and Kathy Shaidle on terms acceptable to the parties and including apologies by Ezra Levant, Catherine (Kate) McMillan and Kathy Shaidle.
The only remaining defendants in the ‘Anne Cools’ libel action are Mark and Connie Fournier. I have instructed my lawyer to make a without prejudice offer to settle for $1 and $2,500 in costs each which I will then donate to the trust fund that has been established for the family of Daniel Woodall of the Edmonton Police Service.
7. DAVID ICKE SETTLES LIBEL ACTION
5 March 2015
British conspiracy writer David Icke and co-defendants have paid Canadian human rights lawyer Richard Warman $210,000 CDN (117,000 GBP) in damages and legal costs to settle a libel action against them.
In 1999-2000, Warman had worked with various Jewish and anti-racism groups to notify public venues in Canada of discriminatory elements within Icke’s mishmash of conspiracy theories. After being provided with material from Icke’s own writings, a number of these venues withdrew permission for Icke to use their facilities in his tours.
In retaliation, Icke included false allegations in his 2001 book Children of the Matrix that Warman was seeking to suppress Icke’s purported exposure of Satanic child abuse and murder.
David Icke made an out-of-court settlement on January 8th paying $90,000 CDN (50,000 GBP) on the eve of a long-delayed trial that was scheduled to begin in Toronto on February 2nd, 2015. The Court order formally discontinuing the claim was issued on 4 March 2015 thus paving the way for this announcement. Insurers for three Canadian bookstores that had refused to stop selling the book after being served with libel notices had previously settled out for $120,000 CDN (67,000 GBP). Information obtained from litigation by Icke against his former US business partner demonstrated that at least 55,000 copies of Children of the Matrix had been sold worldwide.
The settlement includes the requirement that Icke immediately cease any further distribution of Children of the Matrix and remove the defamatory material from any future editions. Warman thanked his lawyers Christine Lonsdale and Elder Marques of law firm McCarthy Tétrault – “They were absolute professionals and I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Warman said “This settlement exposes Icke’s argument that no one had ever sued him because his allegations were true as nothing more than a fallacy.” He added, “My reputation has been entirely vindicated. David Icke’s attacks against me were disgraceful and beyond the pale but he’s paid a heavy price for them and I trust this will never happen again.”
Warman closed quoting Monty Python, “He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy.”
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