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UK: Facebook damages payout to Limavady child sex abuser may be reduced

Facebook remains liable in damages for details about a convicted child abuser featuring on pages set up to name and shame paedophiles in Northern Ireland, the Court of Appeal has ruled. But senior judges restricted the period when the social network knew private information was being published – meaning a £20,000 compensation award to the sex offender could now be cut. Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan indicated that a further hearing will explore the appropriate level of payout due to the changed circumstances. Full Article

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So let’s get this straight:

1. Registrant is trying to live his life, and Facebook posts urge harm against him.
2. Registrant successfully sues Facebook and gets £20,000 judgment.
3. Registrant’s former victims sues HIM to get the payment, and the payment is halted.
4. Subsequent appeal by Facebook to reduce or eliminate judgment is successful, at least for now.
5. Registrant is STILL be liable for payment to his former victims, as there are, as far as I know, no contingency clauses that stipulates that he would collect the award before being liable.

In all this time, is name is thrown all over the place, ruining his life for good.

I found out one more piece of excrement:

“Contending there had been a failure to properly identify the unlawful material, counsel insisted the sex offender had to live with name-calling as part of his conviction.”

This counsel is OUT OF ORDER and I’m surprised that the counsel for the registrant didn’t register a major complaint. In fact, because there is NO order by a judge that the registrant “had to live with name calling” as part of his conviction, this statement would have been rendered incompetent, irrelevant, and immaterial, at least in a US court. Not knowing UK law, this may not be the case, but in general UK courtroom procedures are far more restrictive than in the US, and such a statement should have been dealt with by the Lord or Ladyship (judge).

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