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Scots Law Tales$
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John Grant and Elaine E. Sutherland

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781845860677

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781845860677.001.0001

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Lawyers, Who Needs them?

Lawyers, Who Needs them?

Sheridan v News International

(p.101) Chapter 6 Lawyers, Who Needs them?
Scots Law Tales

Alistair Bonnington

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter details the defamation lawsuit filed by far-left politician Tommy Sheridan against News International, owner of the popular Sunday tabloid News of the World. The defamation case resulted from the claims of News International's tabloid journalists that Sheridan was either a drug user or unfaithful to his wife. The allegations were mainly based on various oral testimonies of prostitutes, anti-Sheridan members of his own Scottish Socialist Party, and some of his female friends who were allegedly sexually involved with him. The jury decided in favour of Sheridan. They were influenced by his courtesy and charisma, as well as the support of his wife throughout the entire court proceedings.

Keywords:   defamation, Tommy Sheridan, News International, News of the World, tabloid journalists, Scottish Socialist Party

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