April 20, 2010

The System

Bizarre, petty and childlish in Courtroom 330!

by Clare L. Pieuk

As originally posted on: CyberSmokeBlog.blogspot.com
April 20, 2010

Good Day Readers:

Yesterday we attended a Court of Appeal session in the Manitoba Metis Federation’s taxpayer financed defamation lawsuit against CyberSmokeSignals (Court of Queen’s Bench File No. CI 05-01-41955). While we were not allowed to introduce the recently created (December 2009) Supreme Court of Canada defence of public interest responsible journalism, a decision with which we respectfully but strongly disagree, nevertheless 50% of our objective was realized.

The Appeal Court’s ruling simply maintains the status quo and does not alter the most important dynamic. At trial Plaintiffs will be subjected to cross-examination under oath. No longer will they be able to hide behind the coattails of Team TRACHTENBERG-chartrand.

However, an incident occurred that was nothing short of bizarre. As Murray Trachtenberg was preparing to exit the courtroom our Counsel Anders Bruun jocularly said, “It’s far from over Murray” to which the prolific, production line, serial kvetcher Mr. Trachtenberg replied, “It does not behoove you as counsel to make threats to me as I am leaving the courtroom.”

Huh? Threats? Everyone of sound mind would realize this was a reference to additional Affidavits, Notices of Motions, Motion Briefs, a Counter Statement of Claim other documents to be filed by the defence. To Mr. Trachtenberg we offer Webster’s New World Dictionary’s definition of a threat:

“An expression of intention to hurt, destroy, punish, etc., as in retaliation or intimidation. An indication of imminent danger, harm, evil etc. [the threat of war.]”

At times like this we’re reminded of the character “Pogo” from the famous daily comic strip (1948-1975) who coined the phrase, “We have met the enemy and it us .” The biggest "threat" to Murray Trachtenberg is Murray Trachtenberg.

A tad thin skinned are we Counselor? Oy vey!


Clare L. Pieuk

P.S. By the way, I was seated in the front row of the public gallery near the courtroom door so was in an excellent position to witnesse what transpired.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for posting yesterday’s CyberSmokeBlog’s article about Murray Trachtenberg’s bizarre courtroom behaviour the other day. Here’s someone who in a classic, textbook case of misusing the law to threaten, harass, intimidate and bully unrepresented Defendants for a taxpayer funded organization himself now feels “threatened.” How ironic!

Uncle Murray must be feeling a little under siege by now.