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Government and defamation

The February 1 edition of the Bermuda Sun quotes the Deputy Premier (Derrick Burgess) as making the following statement respecting the defamation action he and the former Premier brought in Canada:

“When the documents went to Canada, it was in the name of the Government. In Canada you can't sue for defamation in the name of a Government, so it was in my and Dr (Ewart) Brown's names.”

The Deputy Premier appears to be saying that the defamation action was not being brought by him and the former Premier personally but rather it was the Bermuda Government's defamation action, and he and the former Premier were only bringing the action under their names because of some legal technicality.

In other words, he and the former Premier were simply doing the Government a favour. Legally speaking, that explanation makes no sense.

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Kevin Comeau

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Published February 07, 2012 at 9:00 am (Updated February 07, 2012 at 9:52 am)

Government and defamation

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