Skip to comments.Savage files suit in U.K., charging British home secretary Jaqui Smith with defamation
Posted on 06/01/2009 7:34:33 AM PDT by SmithL
Conservative San Francisco-based talk show host Michael Savage has made good on his promise to sue British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith for defamation -- though British officials are defending her decision to ban him from the United Kingdom.
"As the home secretary has already said, he was excluded for engaging in unacceptable behaviour by making comments that might provoke others to serious criminal acts and foster hatred that might lead to inter-community violence,'' a British official Sunday told the Daily Mail.
Savage sued Smith because the "name and shame" list of 16 individuals compiled by the home secretary put him in the same crowd with former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard Stephen Donald Black, Hamas MP Yunis Al-Astal, Jewish extremist Mike Guzovsky and Baptist pastor Fred Waldron Phelps, who heads a notoriously anti-gay church.
In a letter filed this weekend, Savage's British attorneys said that by including his name on the list of known criminals and terrorists, Smith has linked the talk show host to heinous acts and dangerous individuals in a manner that has endangered his life and livelihood.
"The allegations are entiely false,'' said Savage's lawyers, of the firm of Olswang LLP, in a letter obtained by the Chronicle. "At no time has our client provoked or sought to provoke others to commit crimes or serious criminal acts.''
The letter demands payment of an unspecified "substantial sum" in damages, retraction of the allegations and a personal and public apology from Smith.
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Good for Savage. It’s generally tough to defend against defamation in the UK, but I don’t know about what kind of governmental immunity officials enjoy in that country.
Why is Savage doing this? He should call for the boycott of traveling to the UK and have Simon Cowell banned from ever coming back to the US to give us crappy reality show where we have to watch him wear his ugly tight white t shirts and see his gorilla hair.
I would have sued for him dropping that pass against the Steelers.
You know, you have a thought there, a boycott against American Idol and Cowell in particular just so long Savage remains on the unwelcome list.
None that I know of.
Good for him. Smith is a fool.
LOL...why is he doing this? Because its worth a million dollars for the publicity alone, even if he doesn’t win (and he might very well do).
I'll wager that there's a law on the books in Britain that protects a government official from any such action....just as our Congresscritters cannot be sued for *anything* they say on the floor of the House/Senate about *anyone*.
I beg your pardon?
I agree. I’m glad Savage is persuing this. We get NOTHING when we ignore this kind of liberal ridiculousness so we have to take the fight to them. We have to.
Savage is doing exactly what he should do, use the left’s legal system against itself. There are hundreds of people who say much more outrageous things than Savage that are not on the list. Make them explain WHY.
“I would have sued him for dropping that pass against the Steelers”.
Jacky Smith had been a great tight end for the St. Louis Cardinals for many years before he came to Dallas. I suspect no one feels worse than he does.
Funny... His last game ever... I believe Staubach’s too
Yep, he was the NFL’s version of Bill Buckner.
LOL sorry....I meant Jacqui Smith :)
There is a law of immunity from slander/libel for anything they say whilst in the House of Commons. In fact a common defence against scurrilous allegations made there is to challenge the asserter to say them outside the house, where parliamentary privilige does not count.
Well alrighty, then. I guess my feelings aren’t really hurt all that bad.
heh heh heh