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James Catlin argued .. was more like a defamation action to protect Tim Worner and Seven Network rather than a confidentiality injunction to stop Ms Harrison ...


PETER RYAN: Ms Harrison wasn't in court today but she was in Melbourne to escape what's a bit of a media circus but her lawyer, James Catlin argued that the injunction orders that are in place are far wider than are necessary and that they are a complete gag and he said that the matter before the court was more like a defamation action to protect Tim Worner and Seven Network rather than a confidentiality injunction to stop Ms Harrison from releasing confidential documents and ...

ABC - Defence of Amber Harrison vs Seven/Tim Worner

http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2016/s4623795.htm

"This is a defamation injunction parading as a confidentiality injunction," Mr Catlin said...and.. emails from Ms Harrison were "very few in number from a woman scorned, you might think"..

She has engaged Melbourne barrister James Catlin – who was a political advisor to former Victorian premier and current Seven board member Jeff Kennett – to fight the court order.
"This is a defamation injunction parading as a confidentiality injunction," Mr Catlin said.
He knows I am now out to get him. This is now war.

Email from Amber Harrison
He said emails from Ms Harrison were "very few in number from a woman scorned, you might think".

He told Justice Robert McDougall the media company was taking "maximum advantage of the gag on Ms Harrison effectively to vilify her", including in comments made by Mr Kennett.

A "billionaire and owner of a television station [Kerry Stokes] and an ex premier of Victoria" should have told the court they would use the gag order to launch a "full-scale media campaign" and "let rip with both barrels" against Ms Harrison, he said.

Mr Catlin said Seven West had launched a "full-scale media campaign to cause maximum damage" to his client  and "vilify her as a thief" as soon as it won the gag order...


Mr Catlin said Seven West had launched a "full-scale media campaign to cause maximum damage" to his client and "vilify her as a thief" as soon as it won the gag order against her last week.
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Shane Wescott,..  said he was 'not intimidated by Seven’s aggression and legal firepower' and had briefed barrister James Catlin, who has previously represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, to argue Ms Harrison’s case in court ..


Shane Wescott, of Patron Legal, said he was not intimidated by Seven’s aggression and legal firepower and had briefed barrister James Catlin, who has previously represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, to argue Ms Harrison’s case in court next Tuesday.
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All the fun was left to the courtroom, where Harrison's barrister, Jeff Kennett's former spinner James Catlin, delayed proceedings by getting stuck in CBD traffic...


All the fun was left to the courtroom, where Harrison's barrister, Jeff Kennett's former spinner James Catlin, delayed proceedings by getting stuck in CBD traffic.

Not to worry. Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and CBD publisher Fairfax Media had their own barrister, Matthew Lewis, seeking leave to appeal the injunction.

And let's not forget Kieran Smark SC, who was acting for a number of women who were mentioned in Harrison's affidavit. The names were suppressed and the relevant paragraph struck out anyway on the basis it was scandalous.

But the knot of silks left Justice McDougall just a little exasperated, and he had to ask the packed courtroom if any one else present would like to join the proceedings. No one dared.

Victorian barrister James Catlin, who regularly advises bloggers on potential defamation liabilities,   ‘‘are quite vicious and would upset anybody’’....


Victorian barrister James Catlin, who regularly advises bloggers on potential defamation liabilities, says the posts about Mr Thaller ‘‘are quite vicious and would upset anybody’’. In Mr Catlin’s view, these posts are potentially defamatory.

‘‘It is a mistake to think that satire is always a defence. Material published as a joke and understood by those who read it to be so is not defamatory; but serious allegations of fact lying behind a joke may be.’’

In the words of Morgan's counsel James Catlin, an "extraordinary tactic" and one "calculated to do the utmost damage to Roy Morgan Research"....

The midnight eviction was, in the words of Morgan's counsel James Catlin at a hastily convened Supreme Court hearing at 7.30am on Monday, an "extraordinary tactic" and one "calculated to do the utmost damage to Roy Morgan Research".

Australian Financial Review - James Catlin defends Roy Morgan

http://www.afr.com/real-estate/gary-morgan-in-battle-for-collins-street-offices-20151220-gls8vb

Julian Assange's Australian barrister, James Catlin, responded, “This is a laughing stock… it's as if they make it up as they go along.” 

Borgstrom was asked by a Swedish reporter why the case was proceeding when it had already been dismissed, citing one of the women as saying she had not been raped. He replied, “Ah, but she is not a lawyer.” Assange's Australian barrister, James Catlin, responded, “This is a laughing stock… it's as if they make it up as they go along.”

If the actions of [Swedish prosecutors] are based on law, then it has been a process devoid of the checks and balances ...

Catlin told Lawyers Weekly that the actions of Swedish authorities in seeking to charge Assange for sexual offences cast substantial doubt on the integrity of its legal system.

"If the actions of [Swedish prosecutors] are based on law, then it has been a process devoid of the checks and balances and respect for the rights of any accused person that exist in Australian law," Catlin said.

James Catlin - Proposed reforms of Swedish rape laws would introduce a test of whether the unequal power relations between the parties might void the sincerely expressed consent of one party...

James Catlin, barrister for Assange in London states, “Proposed reforms of Swedish rape laws would introduce a test of whether the unequal power relations between the parties might void the sincerely expressed consent of one party. In this case, presumably, the politically active Ardin, with experience fielding gender equity complaints as a gender equity officer at Uppsala University, had her will suborned by Assange’s celebrity. The prosecutor coming as she does from a prosecution “Development Unit” could achieve this broadening of the law during Assange’s trial so he can be convicted of a crime that didn’t exist at the time he allegedly committed it. She would need to. There is no precedent for it. The Swedes are making it up as they go along.”
Shame on Sweden
An award winning Journalist and activist is being accused of rape because of a broken condom after having consensual sex several times with many condoms before one condom broke. His crime? The condom broke in Sweden.
Pope Benedict XVI was unavailable for comment.
Smear Campaign or Celebrity Hunters
There are two popular suspicions at this point, either Assange was set up by Sofia Wilén and Anna Arden as part of a ‘Honey Pot’ sting created by the CIA to discredit Assange.
Speculation has arisen that Wilén, the ‘Honey Pot’ may have used Ardin as an unwitting dupe.
The other suspicion; Wilén, Ardin, and a couple of Swedish prosecutors are looking to gain some celebrity by all of this.
One can only hope the Hollywood version of the WikiLeaks Sex Scandal is as good as the Swedes.

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