The first time you appear in Federal Court and begin gaining experience, you
will encounter some phenomena which are new to you. You will be amazed at
the hourly rate people charge for engaging these interesting phenomena and
at the years it takes to decide even the simplest matter, if a Court chooses
to hear it.
You will discover that what you reasonably thought was the law, may when
considered by a Federal Judge, become subject to serious doubt and sometimes
adverse decisions, which, while they could be appealed successfully, require
posting of bond guaranteeing payment of the judgement.
It isn't "controversial issues" that will sink you. It's the odd mention
someone, perhaps mistaken identity, a image on the wrong story, etc.
From: erik_moeller(a)gmx.de (Erik Moeller)
Reply-To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundation-l(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: 31 Oct 2004 13:58:00 +0100
Subject: [Foundation-l] Re: Wikinews
You fail to recognize all efforts that have been made to address this very
problem. The issue has been discussed in much detail, both on this mailing
list and on the wiki. A legal vetting process is part of the basic
requirements of the Wikinews proposal. Legal counsel will be sought on
What is and isn't a flaw is often a matter of opinion. I simply disagree
with you on the level of risk and the potential remedies.