Ruling in Twitter harassment trial could have enormous fallout for free speech

What’s believed to be the first case in Canada of alleged criminal harassment-via-Twitter is just a judge’s decision away from being over.

After hearing closing submissions Tuesday from Chris Murphy, who represents 54-year-old Greg Elliott, Ontario Court Judge Brent Knazan is expected to rule on Oct. 6.

In the balance rides enormous potential fallout for free speech online.


This case is bizarre, why the guy was even charged is a mystery to me.

h/t JEH

  • Jay Currie

    The Crown made only the briefest remarks…. My bet is she knows her gals are going to lose and is wonder WTF she was thinking taking this POS to trial.

    • I do hope so. It is insane that it made it this far.

      • Ho Hum

        It really amazes me that it wasn’t thrown out in the pre-trail hearing at the latest. During the trial the judge received a letter (amicus curiae) from a former friend of the accusers that revealed that they had conspired to entrap Greg Alan Elliott.

        The author of the letter revealed in a blog that after he submitted the amicus curiae Toronto Police tried to intimidate him and that as a result the RCMP were involved.

        “Hey everyone. Tim Meehan here, I’m the one who blew the whistle on the cooked up, co-ordinated campaign that started here, at this gathering:

        On Easter Sunday, a local cop came to the door as messenger boy for a detective Darren Worth from Toronto Police 14 Division who wants me to call him, re the Greg Elliott case. Darren could have just phoned me… but the funny thing is, this is now an internal affairs matter and last time I checked, Det. Worth was NOT in IA but working in the same department as Det. Jeff Bangild, who started this ball rolling and that pushed the bogus charges.

        So anyway, the RCMP is now involved. Nice try at intimidation, TPS.

        • Justin St.Denis

          Over the last decade that we lived in Toronto, I did not have a single polite exchange with a TPS officer. To a man, they seem to hire bullies, small-man-itis sufferers, psychological cripples, bleeding heart SJWs, social workers, etc. As I once pointed out to a judge while giving testimony on behalf of an abused neighbour, the TPS could be more effective if they came equipped with brains. As it is, I pointed out, there’s not a cop I have met in this millennium that I couldn’t take out in about 60 secs in a cage-match. They wouldn’t even last that long against my wife (so sorry Waffle, there I go flaunting my heterosexuality again. Are you getting hard now? 😉 )

  • Fran800

    Women have become evil.

    • University melted their minds.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Iwouldn’t refine that down to “North American-raised women have become evil, entitled and entirely unattractive.

      • Blacksmith

        Certainly those of the leftist bent are.

  • Ho Hum

    Here is the accuser – Steph Guthrie – acting stupid in front of an audience

    • Justin St.Denis

      Off with her breasts!

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    The plaintiff, Stephanie Guthrie, became a feminist after learning that the real world is not like the movies, namely ‘A League of Their Own’….

  • warrenzoell

    The combination of pride, arrogance and stupidity is a very dangerous thing, and these women have it in spades.
    that and add a litigious nature to them and they can become a living
    hell to those who oppose them. A prime example of evil. The way to defeat them is to make them very
    public by bringing them out into the light so that eventually they go into hiding on their own never to

    • Justin St.Denis

      Dog them day and night. Provide updates about their doings. Make both of them “of public interest”. Then let them try to sue because they are “of public interest”.

      Personally, I would love to know where each works, what they do for a living,etc.

      BCF, you up for it?

  • Exile1981

    So why are those two women not being charged for conspiring to make false criminal charges?