Tag Archives: libel

‘I’m a believer’: Psychic Sally isn’t in it for the money

[SL: This is my first column for British magazine ‘The Skeptic’; I share ‘Skeptic in the Courtroom’ column-writing duties with Manchester barrister Geoff Whelan, which means my duties aren’t too onerous (two or three times a year) and, I figure, once the magazine has been on the newstands for several months, I’m probably pretty safe […]

The Streisand Effect

In the light of the recent hoo-hah discussed by SL here involving Melinda Tankard-Reist suing blogger Jennifer Wilson for defamation I thought I might revisit the notion of the Streisand effect, because as Russell Blackford has commented, we may be seeing an instance of it unfolding before our eyes. The term Streisand effect was coined after […]

In Simon Singh news…

From the BBC: The British Chiropractic Association has dropped its libel action against the science writer Simon Singh. Dr Singh was being sued by the organisation because of comments he had made about the effectiveness of chiropractic in the Guardian in 2008. The case itself had sparked an intense debate about the role of libel […]

NB: Lawyers are not scientists, please stop trying to recruit us

Elsewhere, I’ve pointed out that good lawyers are perfectly capable of ‘doing’ science, or history, or [insert non-legal academic discipline here]. That we can do it, however, doesn’t mean we ought to do it (see what I did there?). That this may be the developing common sense of the profession is evidenced in part by yesterday’s […]