So law prof Karin Calvo-Goller writes a book with the catchy title Trial Proceedings of the International Criminal Court: ICTY and ICTR Precedents; and fellow law prof Thomas Weigend pens what seems to me a rather mildly negative review.
Whereupon Calvo-Goller reacts by writing to journal editor (and likewise law prof) Joseph Weiler demanding that he suppress the review, on the grounds that it might have a negative impact on her professional reputation and academic promotion. When Weiler very politely declines (at the same time patiently explaining some of her misinterpretations of the review), she drags him into court and has him charged with criminal libel. (CHT Der Leiter. Whether similar charges are being brought against Weigend as well is unclear.)
Given that Calvo-Gollers actions threaten to injure her reputation by making her look like an idiot and a fascistic jerk, I am hereby charging her with criminal libel against herself.
You are soooo on your way to court.
Ironically the state would prosecute such a thing because they don’t care about the victim, only about a deficient abstract “justice”. Lots of crimes are defined so the state is the victim to make it more palatable when they ignore the needs of real victims.
What a jackass!
I’m wondering: Is there ever a case like this on the record, since the mid-90s or so, where the Streisand Effect *didn’t* cause it to blow up on the would-be censor’s face?
Well, Tom Cruise’s many lawsuits against tabloids have certainly helped his charming public imag… never mind.
In France! Gives us some real news, Rod!
If your post doesn’t criminally libel Karin Calvo-Goller, then I don’t know what would.