January 22, 2016

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

Lauren SouthernArchive

(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 2016-01-22 16:41:20 -0500
As Bob Livingston said, here:

http://personalliberty.com/donald-trumps-immigration-bomb/

“By design, America and the West are being destroyed by the political and pundit class on behalf of the globalists. The globalists’ goal is to eliminate borders; and to do this they intend to swarm all nations with people of other races, from other cultures, nationalities and even religions, so that people of civilized and established nations lose their cultural and nationalist identities and become homogenized. The argument can then be made that, since a nation now has no cultural or racial identity, borders are irrelevant.

In a world without borders, people become world citizens. World citizens need world government."

The libertine “liberal” criminals’ minds are indeed boggled – by suicidal masochism!

What they are is in denial – because they are psychologically predisposed to masochism. See, such monopolists (aka totalitarians – who want “total” control over everyone else) advertise that, for all others at least, the highest moral virtue is suicidal masochism, and the ultimate crime is hurting a criminal’s feelings and thereby offending them, which will “inevitably force” them into committing even more crimes!

Criminals (“liberals;” “muslims”) are all about the excuses – and those always involve positing them selves as victims, too! Victims of inevitability, or predetermined, predestined force, whether it be as “victims of society/ products of their environments, or of course slaves of allah.”

They insist that there are no real crimes nor criminals, because life is too complex for any of us to ever understand cause and effect. So, “since” all so-called “facts” are really only opinions anyway, their entirely fact-free, subjective opinions are somehow the “diversely-opposite equals” to everyone else’s silly objective facts!

Believing this nonsense, they have no hope for the future, and as masochists must then only always pretend to have “control” over their own fears, BY causing those very same, worst-case scenario problems (like, by slandering innocent others while importing hordes of barbarians whom they know want to murder us all) which cause the pains they fear the most.

They also adopt a false, “moral high ground” narrative, protocol and etiquette, where they assert – at least to them selves – “If I (DECIDE TO PRE-EMPTIVELY SUBMIT to) agree with your assertion that you’re better than me, then whatever happens is all your fault – and, since it’s all your fault, then none of it’s my fault, so in the end I’m really still better than you! Whee!”

This is how slaves think: “Screw you, I MEANT to do that!”

So, these criminal negligents also instantly and automatically “defensively, pre-emptively” Submit to and compromise with any given crime perversion or threat… which cowardly Submission the muslims pretend is the highest “holy virtue” and liberals falsely assert is being shrewd, decisive, practical, pragmatic and an example of “realpolitik.”

They also call this short-circuiting fear of thinking process “TO GO ALONG” (with criminal lies) “TO GET ALONG” (with lying criminals)! And their all-time favorite alibi to excuse their own criminal desires and actions is the critical thinking logical fallacy known as the Argumentum Tu Quoque:

“Islam isn’t an evil crime because we (i.e: you) all do – or at least, did – it, too! Whee!’

As if by merely comparing two unrelated wrongs, one could somehow magically turn one of them into a right.

So what it really amounts to is: “If we don’t rush in first, then some other fool will surely beat us to it!”

The liberal “sin” is not only making mistakes, but also then refusing to admit to them or correct them, in stead pretending to affirm them by saying “Screw you! I meant to do that! Nyah!” It’s turning basic negligence into criminal negligence. Liberals automatically Submit to their fears of pain by pretending those fears ARE pain. It’s simple, cowardly, treasonous masochism: (which all liberals are afflicted by) – when they see something they fear, their immediate response is to Submit to it:

“We have to let the violent criminals do what they want to us, or else they’ll do what they want to us anyway!”

In this way, they hope to avoid the fear of pain, by pre-emptively inflicting that pain on themselves (thus cancelling the auxiliary pain caused by the fear)! See?

And it’s not just “the government” who’s in on this treason, either! The enemedia and so-called “education system” are also all complicit – they serve the same globalist corporazi masters the politicians do.

A great way to control people is to convince them they can’t manage their own affairs.

Even better is to convince them they’re only potentially dangerous (hateful racist bigots) mistakes who shouldn’t even think about trying to defend them selves because by doing so they are guaranteed to always hurt innocent others.

And best of all is to convince them they are not only all helpless victims, but to be proudly competitive in endorsing victim status – which is exactly what today’s “Social Justice Warriors” (SJWs) are all about!
commented 2016-01-22 16:35:18 -0500
NOTE TO SJW’s: THERE IS NO LAW AGAINST BEING OFFENDED OR HAVING YOUR FEELINGS HURT! Now that the facts are on the public record, he should sue them for public mischief leading to loss of income and reputation, criminal harassment, malicious and vexatious litigation, etc. AND, AS FORHATE-SPEECH LAWS:” Is there anything which really ought to qualify as hate speech and be banned?

NO – not because it’s “hateful” (because that sort of nonsense is only making subjective assessments based on emotions;) and “HATE” is really only the perfectly natural human response of perpetual anger towards ongoing crimes (like islam); without ‘hate’ we would never bother to accuse criminals of their crimes in order to stop those crimes.

Unreasonable false displays of hatred and anger on the other hand, are what the Left is good at – but that’s already illegal, not because of the anger displayed, that’s just the packaging, but because it’s fraudulent slander.

Such criminal leftists who try to make “hate” into a crime, only ever make it ‘illegal’ to hate crime itself!

Speech which is already disallowed is incitement of immediate violence and death-threats… and even those aren’t illegal, if say they call for the police to use violence to counter ongoing mob violence and looting, or call for the death-penalty for murderers!
commented 2016-01-22 16:24:23 -0500
In the future just ignore these silly feminists. Most do, or better yet just laugh at them.
commented 2016-01-22 16:16:08 -0500
He just tweeted to his accuser 1 hour ago. It was his first tweet since 2012 and ut was great and a nice middle finger to her and her fellow fascists
commented 2016-01-22 16:04:20 -0500
The process is a severe punishment in and of itself. Just the fact that he was charged is a disastrous incident to freedom of speech in Canada. For shame
commented 2016-01-22 15:10:13 -0500
If, upon losing a case like this, the plaintiffs were obligated to pay all the legal costs of the defendant, then we’d very quickly see an end to this nonsense.
commented 2016-01-22 14:36:51 -0500
Its scary to watch how fast the wheels of injustice move when they a greased with and by (self) special interest groups, but just as scary how slow the justice system, (if can be found at al) moves to met out true justice. The females that brought the case court, and the female that represented them are a disgrace to this country, they should lose their citizenship and licences to practice. Just their presence in this country makes it smell of rotten fish, and I am insulted I have to share air with them!
commented 2016-01-22 13:51:14 -0500
Proud of you Greg. The attack on our freedoms is the biggest crime in modern days in the West. I would think these feminists should pay but they probably left giggling and feeling proud. I hope they at least got a tongue lashing.
commented 2016-01-22 13:45:08 -0500
I do really pity this guy and hope he filed a counter suit for costs and damages…..And agree this should have never seen the inside of a courtroom that in itself was Criminal.

These left wing affronted females have not seen anything yet ..This guy only uttered words..
The new Islamic Refugees actually will lay hands on them….Islamic Rape Culture in full swing in Europe and soon coming to a Canadian venue near you soon…Compliments of our Prime Minister and hey just to add insult to sexual injury we will be paying for all of this with our tax dollars.
commented 2016-01-22 13:36:51 -0500
<b>He’s suffered through a tortuous court case that has cost him nearly one hundred thousand dollars…
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.</b>

Elliot didn’t “win” a “victory”. However the court has decided that the level of persecution and damage he has suffered for wrongthink is sufficient at this time and place, and decided to put an end to it. The legal rationale for this seems largely appropriate and it’s nice to have it encoded into case law. But it has done nothing to redress the wrongs against him or all the damage he has taken to stand up under this withering litigation.

When anyone sees some idiot dismiss this case with the canard “see? The system works — he won!” Please slap them down. Elliot didn’t win. The system only realised that at some point accommodating the excesses of so-called SJWs is so outrageous that it must have an upper limit. As in the Ezra Levant case the defendant did not win because his legal argument was superior (it was though!). He won because the system wanted to limit public relations damage to itself.
commented 2016-01-22 13:36:48 -0500
Freedom of speech wins thank you Gregory. Now that you’ve won and the winning cost you $100,000.00 It’s time for you to sew them for the money it cost you plus damages, I’d say $1,000,000.00
commented 2016-01-22 13:23:47 -0500
Did freedom really win? How many people do you suppose have been silenced by the threat of being dragged through this process. The SJWs win even when they lose.
commented 2016-01-22 13:20:08 -0500
This lawsuit should never have been allowed. I blame the judges, lawyers, and rabid minorities for even suggesting that free speech can be gagged. Twitter, FB and other social media users know that there is a risk of opposing dialogue to posts. If these fools wished to continue the argument on line…well, you get my point. The hags should pay for all expenses in as Trudeaus old man used to say “a Just Society”.
commented 2016-01-22 13:11:23 -0500
Brian Kelly, Thank you so much for the quotes.
" … but you should not try to silence them, however repugnant you find them. That is the bitter pill free speech requires us to swallow" Julian Baggini
This is the problem I find with l/Liberals. Discussion is not the intent unless you are in total agreement, i.e. another Liberal. What is the point of that? What is there to discuss then? What new ideas to be shared? Aggressive one-sided exchange is not discussion or debate. If volume and emotion doesn’t suffice, then name calling racist, bigot, is a sure fire way to pre-empt any difference of thought and opinion. Liberals claim to be so progressive but they are unable to swallow the bitter pill that keeps the rest of grounded in the real world.
“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
This is the problem with the feminazis – they are a bitter, miserable lot with no reason to be so.
commented 2016-01-22 13:01:59 -0500
The puppets that are manipulated by those that use and laugh at their stupidity. Good work Greg. Fighting for every stitch of freedom!!!!!!!
commented 2016-01-22 13:01:16 -0500
Good news Lauren. Let’s have a fundraiser for suing the asshole.
commented 2016-01-22 12:57:44 -0500
He should sue those who took him to court for expenses and for defamation.
commented 2016-01-22 12:45:48 -0500
Best wishes to this strong family.
commented 2016-01-22 12:35:28 -0500
Don’t quit now though.. it’s far from over.. Press the attack.. Counter Sue.
commented 2016-01-22 12:32:41 -0500
The Religion of Totalitarian Neo-Marxian Zealots have lost today. But remain forever vigilant.
commented 2016-01-22 12:31:23 -0500
another frivolous lawsuit a la paul magder and clayton ruby’s attempt to subvert the franchise of 500000 torontonians…the end result of these cases should be at minimum costs awarded to the innocent..
commented 2016-01-22 12:09:35 -0500
I hope Stephanie Guthrie and her cronies will pay ALL the court expenses of Mr Elliott.
commented 2016-01-22 12:08:37 -0500
The purpose of a malicious prosecution lawsuit would be to make these feminazi chicks pay there own way. No sugar daddy government state to pay for them.
Win or lose, they have to cough up the defense.
commented 2016-01-22 12:07:48 -0500
YES!!!!! Oh Thank God!!

Greg n Son’s. Congrats, but unfortunately, it’s not over. You need not only to sue, but I urge you to lay private charges against all of them. The cop – he had an obligation to A) tell you why you were being charged, B) under sec 495 (2) to do a thorough investigation. Charges are Obstruction of Justice and Breach of Trust and Public Mischief. Stephanie’s charge for filing a false complaint (she showed only selective tweets, not all of them) is Public Mischief, and the Prosecutor that was her FRIEND is Breach of Trust for not abstaining from the case.

I know you don’t want to. I know you just want your life back. I know you’ve been to hell and back. Take a short breather and get back on the horse!! Have a great weekend!!
commented 2016-01-22 11:46:00 -0500
I agree with those who think he should sue. It is great to have your reputation restored but reputation won’t pay the bills. Unless a message is sent that is felt in the wallet of the accusers it will be business as usual with the only one being taught the lesson is the person who lost their money and liberty.
commented 2016-01-22 11:38:11 -0500
The final outcome is a great win. However, I wonder if any legal types could be interviewed and asked if he has any chance at winning in litigation? He needs to be compensated by both the perpetrators and the crown. They imposed a draconian and excessive measure on him by banning him from earning an income. Which in effect the ban on the internet achieved. Clearly to the layman this was the intent overall of this frivolous legal action, to punish before the trial, to have measures that harm, without having to prove a case in court, and that is exactly what they did. I feel if justice is to be served in this case, he must be awarded compensation for lost wages, pension losses and future earnings, and all legal costs at the very least. Punitive damages should also be sought.
commented 2016-01-22 11:05:02 -0500
So Canada is off the hook for being the $hitiest western country for quality of life. But it says nothing Canadian Police who brought these charges.
commented 2016-01-22 10:57:10 -0500
Feminazis – they won by ruining him financially.

They should be treated like the now long dead Mussolini.
commented 2016-01-22 10:46:22 -0500
Another quote I like……You should protest about the views of people you disagree with over major moral issues, and argue them down, but you should not try to silence them, however repugnant you find them. That is the bitter pill free speech requires us to swallow…..Julian Baggini
commented 2016-01-22 10:42:53 -0500
Of course, as Ezra would point out, “The process is the punishment.”

Assholes.