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Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Simon Soldiers On

Simon Singh has today confirmed that he will ask for an oral re-consideration of his application for Permission To Appeal.

Simon Singh also outlines his current thinking, including a full response to The Heresiarch's Open Letter.

In practical terms, all this means that there will be a public hearing at the Court of Appeal in London on 14 October 2009.

This oral hearing will deal with whether Simon Singh can have a full appeal hearing against the adverse ruling on meaning.

14 comments:

Abs said...
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Twaza said...

Wonderful.

The world needs more Simons.

BadlyShavedMonkey said...

Heck, I voted for the Heresiarch manoeuvre, but if the boy Singh has the cojones for a continued fight I'm more than happy to sit in the front row and eat popcorn.

Ding! Ding! Round 3

Alice said...

All the best to Simon! We bloggers will not give up on you!

Andrew Gilbey said...

A cracking good decision!

SVETLANA PERTSOVICH said...

Oh! Long!.. :(
I wasn't used to it.
Our court is quick and... "most just court in the world"! ;) (It is the quote from one our favourite comedy...:) )
Really! It is very long!

Andy said...

It's like chess, but interesting.

Ian (Ann Arbor USA) said...

All the best to Simon. I would have given up by now.

Martin said...

Kudos to Simon for deciding to pursue this to the end.

This begs the question, what are the BCA's options? Suppose they have lost the appetite for the fight, can they get out of it? Clearly they are not going to do anything before the appeal decision, but whichever way the appeal goes the BCA might think it is not in their interests to continue. If they do decide this, what would be their best course of action? Can they just drop the claim? Would Simon have any recourse, that is could he claim his costs from them, or would he have to countersue?

@Jack, an analysis of the BCA's options would be extremely interesting.

Aj said...

Oh Simon, you magnificent bastard.

Niklas said...

Do you know how people can get tickets to the public gallery? Will the hearing be worth watching or will it just be lots of legal mumbo jumbo (no offence meant to you, of course!)?

Otherwise perhaps there should be a demonstration outside the Court of Appeal to support Simon on the day.

Niklas said...

Simon Singh: "In short, I am not being stubborn. In fact, bearing in mind the issues at stake (ranging from chiropractic to children’s health to the libel laws), I think this is an excellent use of my time."

I agree! It's interesting to read in Simon's piece that the BBC is doing a series on libel laws - it will be very interesting viewing.

Michael Kingsford Gray said...

At least keeping the case going will generate even more reasoned public scientific analysis of the claims of chiropractors, and that is a good thing.

SVETLANA PERTSOVICH said...

Sorry for offtopic ;)

Skeptics resembel Nac Mac Feegles. And their swords glow blue in the presence of lawyers too...

:D :P :)