South Australia Attorney General Demands $20,000 From Web Commenter Who Called Him A Crook
from the atkinson's-demands dept
Apparently, there was a story about Atkinson, and in the comments to that story, one Dean McQuillan -- who was not anonymous and did use his name -- vented his frustration with Atkinson by referring to him as a "crook." In the political realm this is a pretty typical and somewhat benign epithet. You would think that someone in politics for as long as Atkinson would brush it off. No way. He apparently sent legal nastygrams to the newspaper, who removed the comments quickly and then later was pressured to post a separate apology. Then he sent a letter to McQuillan with the following demands:
1. $20,000 as compensation; 2. Publication of a full retraction and apology to be posted on the Adelaide Now website;Honestly, I can't recall a politician ever demanding cash as "compensation" from someone over a random insult. As for "defamation," it's not like anyone reading those comments would think that Atkinson was actually a crook because some guy in the comments to a newspaper called him that. But, you might think that those reading stories about this $20,000 might think a lot worse of Atkinson than anyone reading about a random commenter calling him a crook.