Yet again a murder suspect ‘monstered’ by the tabloids – the case of Rebecca Leighton

3 09 2011

On 23 July 2011 a nurse, Rebecca Leighton, was charged with with six counts of causing damage with intent to endanger life at Stepping Hill Hospital where she was an acting ward sister.  Five patients had died at the hospital, apparently as the result of the contamination of saline bags.  The evidence against Ms Leighton was extraordinarily weak.  Her fingerprints were on a saline bag which had been damaged by a needle.  It was thought that the needle had been drawn from a bottle of antibiotic fluid contaminated with insulin which was on the hospital premises.  It was, however,  clear that many people had access to the saline bags and the fluid.

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Case Law: Baglow v. Smith: Removing the Defamatory Sting From Online Debates on Blogs and Message Boards – Matthew Nied

3 09 2011

On 30 August 2011 the Ontario Superior Court of Justice handed down judgment in the case of Baglow v. Smith, 2011 ONSC 5131. The decision suggests that an allegedly defamatory statement made in a debate on a blog or internet forum may not be found to be defamatory if the plaintiff previously engaged in the debate but did not respond to the statement despite having the opportunity to do so. Read the rest of this entry »