Lawyer questions newspaper’s removal from Furlong defamation suit 0
The lawyer for journalist Laura Robinson is questioning the motives behind why the Georgia Straight was dropped as a defendant in John Furlong’s defamation suit while the case against his client continues. (24 HOURS FILE PHOTO)
The lawyer for journalist Laura Robinson is questioning the motives behind why the Georgia Straight was dropped as a defendant in John Furlong’s defamation suit while the case against his client continues.
Lawyer Bryan Baynham said Tuesday there’s yet to be any movement in court in setting a trial date or other court appearances for the expected showdown between Robinson and Furlong.
His client penned a piece in the Straight last year about Furlong’s past in Burns Lake, B.C., detailing unproven verbal and physical abuse allegations from four decades ago.
Furlong sued for defamation, while Robinson countersued, and additional sex allegations surfaced in court documents.
On Tuesday, the Whitecaps executive released a statement saying he’s discontinuing action against the newspaper, explaining he wants to pursue the “source” of the reporting — Robinson — as Furlong claims the allegations were inaccurate and defamatory.
He added he would continue to fight two civil suits filed against him by alleged former students.
“My defamation case against Laura Robinson will continue and be escalated — she is the perpetrator of these defamatory allegations,” Furlong said in his statement.
Baynham, however, said it seems more likely the case was dropped against the Straight because the paper has more money than his client.
“It might have something to do with the fact the Georgia Straight has insurance in its assets … they have the ability to mount a full defence,” he said.
“Ms. Robinson has to fight this lawsuit from her own resources.”
(Story was corrected to reflect that sex allegations were not included in the original Georgia Straight story)