1997 Glaçâ v. Støtanneu (UC)
|The Cort Pü Inalt|
Din el Cort Pü Inalt
|Argued in 1997/XVIII but eventually abandoned.|
Brief of the ruling
Opinion of the Court delivered by
Adiêns Glaçâ of the Silver Phoenix Party (a merger of the Chocolate Orange Party and the Whigs) sued the newspaper Støtanneu (run by Robert I) for libel. The newspaper labelled the SPP as a "party of prevaricators", similar to Davron's 1994 "Liberal Party". Crucially, the paper accused Glaça of misleading the Cosâ in his application for citizenship in 1996.
According to Ár Päts, this drawn-out trial was dubbed "the O.J. trial" by Art Verbotten due to its length. During the case, King Robert, on behalf of his newspaper, claimed that Glaçâ was attempting to "censor" the press.
The record is unclear as to the outcome of this case. Ár Päts claims that when SPP member Ieremiac'h Ventrutx threatened to email-bomb the King and to encourage "College Republicans" to infiltrate Talossa, "[Glaçâ] abandoned the party and his lawsuit, his reputation in rubble."
While the case itself was abandoned, the legal opinion of Justice Lauriéir, given in his regular newspaper column TZ, was that (on the precedent of Falwell v. Hustler) it was impossible to be libelled by a paper which lacked credibility.