Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Who's a Lard Brain?

Michael Keith-Smith, a former Conservative MP, has won a libel lawsuit against someone who called him a "lard brain," a "racist bigot", and a "nonce" on a Yahoo! message board. Keith-Smith said "lard brain" didn't offend him quite so much, but when Tracy Williams of Oldham called him a "Nazi" as well as the other things he decided to sue. The judge found Williams liable for defamation and told her to pay ten thousand pounds in damages. Keith-Smith says he also plans to sue another poster, who has also made defamatory comments about him. Read more here and here.

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