Thursday, July 08, 2004

An Aussie joins the "S team" 

Further to my profile of Saddam's all star legal defence team, this news that a prominent Australian lawyer was asked and has agreed to join the team (hat-tip my legal contact, Stew). John Marsden , a high-profile Sydney lawyer, former president of New South Wales Law Society, and a self-confessed "promiscuous homosexual" has been in the news last year when he successfully sued Channel Seven for defamation, after 7's show "Witness" aired allegations that Marsden was a pedophile. The case costed Channel Seven $600,000 in damages and indemnity costs for Marsden's legal bills of around $6 million, plus another $9 million in an out-of-court settlement for compensation for hurt feelings, and the TV network's own legal fees of around $20 million.

Marsden, well known for support for various PC causes, is also known for remarks such as "[M]y sexual preference is into masculine men, hairy men, men who look like men physically." The irony, of course, is that under this ultimate "hairy, masculine man" himself, Saddam, homosexuality was punishable by death.


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