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Falsely Accused

This may well be the hardest post I have ever written

Over a week and a half ago I received some important documents. I was not expecting these documents because no one should have to expect to receive them.

The document layout a case against me. A certain person (not connected to Thanet blogging as far as I know) with a history of making false allegations has landed a bunch of pretty harsh ones at my door. To say this took the wind out of my sales would be to under state just how shattering this was.

I determined within 24 hours to write about this and it has taken me all that time to get myself ready to do so.

I have seen this person do this to other people and I have seen how upsetting it can be. I've advised them to keep calm and that the allegations would come to nothing. Every time the allegations came to nothing.

Nothing can ever prepare you for having it happen to you, though. It hit me like a ten ton truck and literally stunned me into inaction for a good few hours.

I have a bucket load of charities (especially the children's charities) that I have had and still have active involvement with and I have had to ask myself at what point do I sit down with the respective directors and say "this harsh stuff has been said about me"?

Do I keep silent and hope it goes away or do I speak out and proudly proclaim my innocence?

What of blogging and social media? How much do I say or how little? If I say nothing and the allegations spill outside the court arena as they have in the past will I seem guilty though innocent? If I say something and the whole thing is dismissed as I hope it will be do I look like a fool?

There is no winning in a situation like this.

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This Normal comment was left by Richard [score: 0]:

I agree. If you have received correspondence under the Court pre-action protocol (civil) then your duty of response is set out in law. Be careful about publishing allegations that the complainant has made false accusations before.

The fact is we live under a rule of law.

You know that we put up a hell of a fight against Kent Chief constable in the 2008 David O'Leary murder case.

We obtained copies of the inquest transcript from HM Coroner. But the documents are subject of HM Coroner embargo for use in complaint against police, crime complaint or civil action against Chief constable only.

I can say that the Thanet Gazette report on the inquest is inaccurate to the point of being misleading.

The Gazette say only that they report under privilege.

But we cannot send the Gazette a copy of the transcript to prove the point !

I can say that at inquest HM Coroner questioned a witness and made the point that what was being said in testimony differed from what was given by that individual in police statements.

But HM Coroner refuses to disclose the police statement she referred to in cross examination because she says it was not inquest evidence.

On the other hand I can say that in 1979 HM Coroner Jack Rice in cross examination at the inquest into the sudden death of Georgina Maison caught out her husband George Maison lying.

That is later tory Cllr Maison and Vice Chair Noth Thanet tories.

Because the East Kent Times report of inquest proceedings was accurate.

No wonder blogging is pushing Thanet Gazette into the shadow.
01/02/2013 11:31:40
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