Wynne’s libel claims filled with political and legal risks, experts say

In the Yellow Pages of libel lawyers, you can do worse than Mark J. Freiman, former deputy Attorney General of Ontario. As an authority on the legal proscription of hate and contempt, there are few better.

But the gambit he launched by filing a libel suit on behalf of Ontario Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, alleging she was unfairly exposed to public ridicule and contempt by Progressive Conservative Opposition Leader Tim Hudak, is unusually risky to his high-profile client. Like many libel claims by politicians, it risks ridicule itself.