January 22, 2016

(Video UPDATE) NOT GUILTY: Gregory Alan Elliott verdict means "free speech has won the day"

Lauren SouthernRebel Commentator
 

(UPDATE: Lauren Southern's coverage of this case is ongoing. VISIT TwitterFreedom.com for the latest interviews and analysis regarding this historic legal victory, plus informative backgrounder videos.)

 

After a legal battle that dragged on for three years , Gregory Alan Elliott has been found not guilty.

In 2012, Elliott was charged with criminal harassment after arguing with feminist activists on Twitter. He’s suffered through a tortuous court case that has cost him nearly one hundred thousand dollars.

Anyone following this case knows that Greg is only guilty of the crime of wrongthink. He was arrested for critically engaging with people who disagreed with him. It wasn’t any different from what people do on social media platforms every day.

Greg’s tweets were far milder than some of the vile garbage I’ve seen come through my notifications. He never threatened anyone, and he never gave anyone reason to fear for their safety.

All he did was argue with people that hated him so much they demanded he be shut down.

I don’t believe Stephanie Guthrie or her cronies felt victimized for a second. We’re talking about people who have posted images of themselves drinking from mugs with “male tears” written on them, after all.

They wanted Elliott to pay for having challenged them, nothing more.

The charges in Elliott’s protracted legal case have prohibited him from using the Internet, forced him to quit his job, and left him bankrupt.

The last three years of Greg’s life have been hell, and he won’t ever get them back.

Despite all this, I am joyful, Greg is joyful, and his sons are joyful. Free speech has won the day, and Greg won’t have to deal with the prospect of months of jail time or heavy fines.

People opposed to speech rights won’t get the satisfaction of seeing Greg behind bars.

Most importantly, legal precedent has been established to defend free expression.

Canada is infamous for its ineffectual provisions for freedom of speech. Establishing the legal default to favour allowing offensive speech is a boon for speech rights in Canada.

A new chapter of Greg’s life starts now. He’ll be able to return to some semblance of his prior life, free of the burden of ongoing criminal proceedings. He’ll be able to return to work, and continue making the artwork for which he is renowned.

It’ll be a rocky road, but he has a lot of people on his side.

I hope you’ll be one of those people. Greg still has legal fees to pay and is hoping to get back to designing and doing his artwork.

If you can, please contribute to the fundraiser Greg’s son Clayton has set up. Every bit of support helps.

If defending speech is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Let’s keep pushing, and continue fighting for speech rights in Canada.

 

 

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commented 2016-01-26 01:40:02 -0500
Great comments Erin Berney! I hope that GAE see’s them
commented 2016-01-26 01:00:40 -0500
From page 17 of the decision:

“Det. Bangild searched only tweets sent by the defendant with the complainants’ handles, those sent by the complainants with the defendant’s handle, plus certain tweets by the defendant using specified hashtags. He did not include any tweets sent by any of the three that did not use one of the other two handles or, in the case of Mr. Elliott, the chosen hashtags.”

and then at p 18:

“There is evidence that important tweets were not picked up by the Sysomos search and thus that this concern of the defence was not unfounded, which is one circumstance of this case.”
commented 2016-01-26 00:46:02 -0500
The Sysomos printouts of selected tweets created by the police may yet have been admissible hearsay, but ought to have been presumptively excluded due to the fact that its creation as an electronic record was solely under the control of the police, in concert with the two complainants. Further, the printouts were not authenticated by evidence as required by section 31.1 of the Canada Evidence Act.
commented 2016-01-25 23:38:47 -0500
All Twitter evidence came from testimony by the TPS officer (apparently qualified as a so-called “Twitter expert”), the two complainants, and the defendant. Numerous times, these four sources gave conflicting evidence about how Twitter works, such as the effect of inserting a “.” In those cases, despite calling the TPS constable a Twitter expert, the justice accepted the complainants’ explanation over his, without explanation or justification.
commented 2016-01-25 23:33:23 -0500
While I am very pleased by the acquittal, I’m extremely troubled by the way the criminal justice system was able to be so easily abused and manipulated by these two women in the first place. Worse, the police knew that at least one of their claims was bullshit even before going to the Crown to swear the charges and lay the Information (“sexually harassing” a supposedly 13-year-old girl, who as it turns out, was an adult and just one of Guthrie’s cronies). Guthrie testified she knew this before going to the cops, and yet relayed the incident in her complaint, minus the part about how there really was no 13-year-old. She also admitted that she didn’t give the police all the information, for example, leaving out the #GAEhole hashtag that she (or one of her followers, likely at her suggestion) created in order to liable and defame Elliott’s character. None of those tweets appear in the Crown’s evidence, which was limited to selected tweets reproduced by a computer software program called Sysomos that police used to search for only the specific Twitter handles and hashtags Guthrie and Reilly told them about, nothing more. At best, the Sysomos printouts were an incomplete, decontextualized, ex post facto creation, and not direct evidence. With respect to Justice Knazan, they were hearsay, as they WERE introduced to prove the truth of their contents. The tweets (direct and indirect) formed the entire basis of the Crown’s case, and at the very least, required some form of objective authentication to satisfy the reliability requirement (beyond simply the testimony of the investigating police officer). Moreover, the Crown was required to prove that Elliott sent ALL the tweets attributed to him, and the justice was not entitled to assume that just because he sent one, he sent them all. But that’s what Justice Knazan did, ignoring evidence in one of the tweets attributed to Elliott that read: “I have learned that #TOpoli #FascistFeminists are using my avi, libelling me, and are attempting to get me kicked off Twitter. Bullies #TBTB”. In concluding his inference that Elliott sent all the tweets personally, the justice said the following: “There is no evidence that anyone else had access to Mr. Elliott’s handle or could access his account. As soon as one tweet on the disk with the Sysomos search results and in the printout is confirmed, it is not necessary to prove each and every one.”
And that’s just one of the many, many problems created by this decision.
commented 2016-01-25 15:18:48 -0500
I can see it now: “Mark Wahlberg gives the performance of his life playing Clayton Elliott in this based on a true story movie…The Truth Be Damned…” Kevin Spacey plays Gregory Alan Elliott…fighting for his life for truth, justice and the American way…" You won’t want to miss all 4 hours of intense, nail-biting drama as evil feminazi’s (also known as: citiots) fight tooth and nail to conquer the Greater Toronto Area…and to put all scumbags (white men) in their place…"
commented 2016-01-25 15:09:23 -0500
Clayton Elliott for Prime Minister! He’s handsome (said in a Don Cherry kind of way), intelligent, has common sense and is articulate. Unlike our current PM who is only good looking in a Willy Wonka kind of way….
commented 2016-01-25 15:05:29 -0500
To Heimdall:
If…“the plaintiffs were obligated to pay all the legal costs of the defendant, then we’d very quickly see an end to this nonsense”. While I want to agree with you…Nope, that’s where OHRC and the CHRC come in. They exist to perpetuate the ideology that in a free society “Only their way is the right…ooops…correct way to think.” Which in itself doesn’t sound very “liberal” and “open-minded” to me. But what do I know? I’m just a white guy working my ass off living a subsistence lifestyle so that my ex can keep living in a lifestyle of blowing money on herself that she’s become accustomed to. You know guys; there are some ideas in Sharia Law that have a certain appeal …LOL!
commented 2016-01-25 14:51:41 -0500
The part that got me was when the judge stated (I’m paraphrasing here): “No matter how offensive the comments are.” I started to follow this months ago. Nothing I ever read by Gregory Alan Elliott seemed to be offensive. Rather, I thought the points he was making were common sense. So even this judge bought into political correctness nonsense. So let me get this straight; A progressive can be rude, offensive and woefully ignorant of the facts and their OPINION, yes their OPINION trumps the facts and common sense? We’re screwed….
commented 2016-01-25 12:11:45 -0500
Steph Guthrie’s Blog is disabled. Hmm, wonder why???
commented 2016-01-24 04:50:24 -0500
No jail time, just three years banned from using the internet and effectively barred from his career.

No heavy fines, just $100k in legal fees.

What did his accusers get? Notoriety among their fellow travellers and the thrill of seeing someone they hated for his differing opinion put through legal hell on earth.

This has to be one of the most egregious cases of anti-free speech lawfare and abuse of authority to date. And the aggressors won this, hands down.

The fundraiser for Greg Elliott is one I’ll cheerfully support, and I challenge everyone reading this to do the same.
commented 2016-01-23 20:27:04 -0500
This ruling is certainly going to affect other court cases, such as Ryan Elson’s (see below). Elson, a Libertarian, is suing a woman for harassment after they argued on Facebook. His harassment claim was struck down by the judge because it lacked any basis in law. He tried to have the woman arrested but the police declined to do so, for the same reason the court gave in Elliott’s verdict – because differences of opinion don’t amount to harassment. http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/blog/zoe-blunt/16003
commented 2016-01-23 20:17:25 -0500
Of course this is not a victory. Even if you win, you lose. Because the process is the punishment.
commented 2016-01-23 16:34:24 -0500
I’m not so sure GAE can afford a civil suit after having his life shattered by these conspiring SJWs.
But lucky him he got nailed with malicious criminal charges and not a malicious civil suit.

The plaintiff that’s been pestering me since 2012 has done the following:
stated in court “it’s political” when referring to her case.
Admitted that she “already got what she wanted”, which obviously was not the judgement of the court considering her intent was to use the court as a weapon.
Admitted her vendetta involving fellow SJW’s she refers to as her friends, because being critical and damaging their campaigns is a sin requiring some sort of nefarious means to knee cap and silence the critic.
There was a secret meeting in my case as well involving the social justice collective.
The plaintiff was involved in the Elano valley tree-sit, she was one of the sitters but was arrested two days prior to the rope cutting of an apparatus designed to frame a cop, in that case bud mercer was framed and even went to court — but was cleared of any wrongdoing. I believe all the sitters were accomplices in that scheme, and in spite of the findings of the court the plaintiff in my case still maintains the narrative of the tree-sitters that has been proven false.
She has admitted to having been committed to a mental institution, and even published the scathing words of the judge that I feel certainly is accurate.
She advocates the spiking of trees and was mentioned (but not dug into) by Ezra Levant on the source.

Hey maybe I need to have a wife and two kids, a middle class income, and not have been suffering from the aftereffects of a sexual assault and been less angry and nicer to deserve to get help getting my fucking life back too eh?

Maybe it’s too radical for free speech to say that the laws in this country that are designed to provide equality, are unbalanced and designed to inflict a permanent disadvantage on white males. The way it is set up things will never be equal, the debts of our ancestors will never be repaid. There will always be the divisive weapon of non-existent white male privilege to divide people and sic them upon each other, an the SJWs (commies) love it.

Anyways a dirty WCEL lawyer who violates her oath to the law society, and dirty tenured PHD’s in UVIC sponsoring a malicious litigation….I’m surprised I’ve had to endure 4 years of this shit with almost no help.
commented 2016-01-23 13:20:19 -0500
What must be remenbered, and I hope Mr. Elliott uses this fact as a method of suing these clowns in civil court was the letter of a meeting convened to go after Mr. Elliott. This shows there was a planned conspiracy to wreck his life, from the steps of going to the police to accussing him of being a pedophile. He should take them to court and make them pay dearly.
commented 2016-01-23 08:01:13 -0500
Exactly, V. B. and Paul Wray! My view as well! Our legal system seems increasingly politicized and decreasingly just.

re: S.W…However, some people think free speech means they can go on and on and bore us all to death…there is a limit to the human attention span, especially when a rant has no evident format or logical sequence and becomes an endless list of copied bits and bytes with no apparent goal in mind…and then the icing on the cake: “Reign of Terror (1793–94) jacobin socialist feminist sociopathic psychopathic terrorist club Cult of the Supreme Being.”??? C’mon S.W…the only thing worse than losing free speech is the act of spitting out meaningless phrases and hysterical incoherence until everyone falls asleep and misses the war.
commented 2016-01-23 00:25:08 -0500
Unless there is a penalty for vexatious litigation, there is no way that this could be considered any kind of victory. They shut GAE up, they shut up others that may have had a similar opinion, they damaged his life and livelihood. And its a win that the court cannot contradict the bleeding obvious?
commented 2016-01-22 22:15:03 -0500
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Today our ‘Representatives are dictated to by ’their party’ executive, caucuses, factions and leaders, their parties do not represent Australians or Australia, only whims of influence. Is why there is so much corruption and waste in our public services, parties beach the constitutional, political liberty and duty of our representatives to represent we the people.
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commented 2016-01-22 21:50:42 -0500
Without any (obviously, written at Twitter) evidence of any threats or harassment, why did the prosecutor and judge let it come to trial at all?! Their unconscionable actions should be reviewed and penalized.
commented 2016-01-22 20:20:51 -0500
Much has been made here of this quotation…and it is true…
“I think, with never-ending gratitude, that the young woman of today do not and can never know at what price their right to free speech and to speak at all in public has been earned”….. Lucy Stone …and she is so right!

But how EVIL is a society that DEMANDED A PRICE for “the right to SPEAK AT ALL in public” in the first place!!!…and then dares to demand GRATITUDE from those to whom it was forbidden! Gratitude should be forthcoming from MEN to all those women who fought for free speech while their male fellows battled tooth and nail to keep women silent! It is the men who dared to forbid public speech from women in the first place who should be grateful to those women who valiantly did what their fathers should have done!…and yet who think THEIR MALE FREE SPEECH is their right!

Yes, it came at great cost to many women…and still is not FREE in some circles…i.e. today, many, many churches still demand that women be silent with the false teaching that it is GOD’S WILL!…example:
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=324051453
entitled " A word about women from the King of the church"…so you see speaking in some public squares is still forbidden to women…the battle for liberty is not over especially in the Southern states…and with the introduction of Islamism is growing ever more urgent…

There will always be people who carry liberty TOO FAR like these women mentioned in this post, but the price of liberty is VIGILANCE…how important to remember that liberty is NEVER FREE, NOR EASY, and the wicked oppressive nature and deceitful heart is the default position of human nature…sometimes, not only in men but, as here, also in women. So what are you going to do about it? Just keep bleating about this poor guy or realize that the battle must never be for men only, but for all! This man had a ‘LITTLE SKIRMISH’ compared to the decades long battle women have fought…help him pay his expenses and (some of you) stop beating up on women if you ever want to maintain free speech and liberty…let this be a lesson…if you don’t share liberty you may lose it altogether.
commented 2016-01-22 19:22:47 -0500
Now time to return fire… and hammer them.. hammer them HARD !
commented 2016-01-22 19:16:09 -0500
Yeah he should definitely be able to countersue….totally frivolous….
commented 2016-01-22 19:06:51 -0500
What a blow to stupid mindless fems and their fake feelings.
commented 2016-01-22 18:58:10 -0500
Congratulations Greg. Sue them I’ll chip in. You should now turn this into a paying vocation, go on tour, consulting, ect., I’d pay to hear you speak. But first a holiday with the boys. , and am sure you will interviewed on THE REBEL.
commented 2016-01-22 18:43:47 -0500
" I blame the judges, lawyers,…for even suggesting that free speech can be gagged. " Exactly…these people who operate the legal system every day evidently “play” people to make money…They know (knew) exactly that free speech is protected…why are they not held responsible for suggesting to these women that they had a case when they likely knew it would never hold water…they made money from both sides.

It would serve the purveyors of “so-called justice” right if both sides counter-sued the lawyers for abuse of their ignorance of the law, and even better if there was a punishment under law for frivolous abuse of the justice system and wasting the court’s time in a day when cases take for ever…

Yet, I find it difficult to believe the man didn’t use abusive language at any time considering the foul and aggressive language used against women on this site by several men, especially when there is no provocation except the perception that women are all their enemy. But, if it is true, it reduces the case to one over a simple disagreement…who would ever think they could win?
commented 2016-01-22 18:34:27 -0500
Sam Young,

Our Communist Broadcast Network, did cover it; buried in some random page requiring the use of the search utility.
commented 2016-01-22 17:59:47 -0500
Lauren, thanks for the update. I hope the rebel is not the only place that covers this story.
commented 2016-01-22 17:19:44 -0500
I agree, sue them for damages, and mental cruelty!
commented 2016-01-22 16:47:13 -0500
DEAR SJWs: Like all criminal gangsters, you’re all about the subjective double standards of hypocrisy, where only you have rights, and all other people only have responsibilities to you! You always off-load your responsibilities onto others, always blaming your own victims while claiming to be the victim your self!

If and when some group has relatively and often temporarily less stuff than some unrelated other group, you will slanderously claim they must have stolen it from the others, so they owe them (and, as their staunch advocate and Social Justice Warrior, you, as well)!

And in stead of submitting your hypothesis to an actual court of law, presenting evidence of the crimes you accuse them of, even by dint of a class action suit, you will instead form a gang of like-minded entitled whiners to take over the government and impose your wealth-redistribution gang-thefts against your enemies by making up “new laws” to specifically target them without evidence.