Shut Up, They Complained
By Kathy Shaidle
Published 8/13/2008 12:08:16 A
"Ezra Levant's big mouth saved Ezra Levant."
So said one long-time admirer last week, when Levant finally won -- sort of -- what many are calling "
"Sort of" because
A defamation lawyer and one-time Conservative Party insider, Levant took over for
He turned out to be wrong about that.
That seemed crazy to him because the cartoons "were the central artifact in the largest news story of the month."
HE WAS SOON to receive an answer. Two local
Complainants' legal fees are paid by taxpayers and tribunals don't recognize the basic principles of Common Law. Commissioners can confiscate a defendant's computer without a warrant, and have actually hijacked wifi connections to conduct dubious undercover investigations. Those found guilty can be banned for life from writing or speaking about certain subjects.
A principled opponent of censorship and bureaucratic meddling -- he'd defended an accused anti-Semite's right to express himself back in 1997 -- Levant turned down the offer of a four-figure settlement (which he calls a "shakedown") to make the complaint disappear.
Unlike most other HRC defendants,
Two years and $100,000 in legal fees later (raised through online donations at EzraLevant.com), not to mention the unfortunate demise of the Western Standard, one of the
What happened earlier this month was different. The second complaint against Levant went ahead, with 15 bureaucrats working the case ("I'm a major crime scene,"
And the defendant wasn't happy about it.
IN THE NATIONAL POST,
At no cost to themselves, wrote
To top it off,
He's using his newfound notoriety to speak out on behalf of other victims of the "thought police," who don't possess either his legal training or his feisty temperament.
It's perhaps ironic that the "big mouth" that's frequently gotten
Kathy Shaidle blogs at Five Feet of Fury. Her new book about
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