http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20081022.WARMAN22/TPStory/National Anti-hate crusader wins fight against online foe Ontario judge rules that death threats and vile accusations amount to assault; Edmonton man ordered to pay $50,000 in damages KIRK MAKIN JUSTICE REPORTER October 22, 2008 An Edmonton man has been ordered to pay $50,000 in damages to anti-hate crusader Richard Warman, who was targeted for death in a series of vile Internet postings. The threats posted by William Grosvenor, a middle-aged stamp dealer, were "vicious, profane and extreme," Ontario Superior Court Judge Lynn Ratushny concluded in a ruling released this week. She said they portrayed Mr. Warman as a pedophile, a participant in organized crime and an all-around disgusting human being, and that they were sufficiently menacing and calculated to terrify to qualify as an assault in law. "They are threatening and intimidating and, by virtue of their repetitiveness, their detail regarding the plaintiff's whereabouts and their level of malevolence, they are more than empty threats and insults," she said. "They are vicious and serious and are to be taken seriously." Judge Ratushny issued an injunction ordering the defendant to issue a retraction of his defamatory comments, remove them from the Internet, and publish nothing further that is defamatory or incites violence. As part of his postings, Mr. Grosvenor had provided photographs and Mr. Warman's address, as well as Google maps showing how to get to his home. He openly incited readers to take violent action against Mr. Warman. In an interview yesterday, Mr. Warman said that Mr. Grosvenor was evidently waiting for an unbalanced individual to do the dirty work for him. "I compare it to him knowing that there is a large pool of gasoline ... and just throwing lit matches at it one after the other; hoping that he would set off someone else to commit that act of violence he was inciting people to commit," Mr. Warman said. A lawyer for the federal government, Mr. Warman has mounted a one-man campaign to eradicate Internet hatred through the human-rights complaint process. He has pursued almost 20 complaints, and has yet to lose one. As a result, he is widely disliked among the ultra right. "I'm hugely relieved about the fact the injunction has been issued," he said yesterday. "It's my sincere hope that this brings an end to this two-year nightmare, because it has been horrific in terms of seeing incitement to murder you attached to your home address over and over again. "I wish I had never heard of William Grosvenor, but if someone is going to encourage people to kill me, then I'm going to see what I can do to stop them," Mr. Warman said. Some of Mr. Grosvenor's postings described Mr. Warman as a "Dead Jew walking." One of them said: "I AM GOD AND I HAVE A RUGER P-90 AND IT'S BULLETS HAVE YOUR NAME ON THEM FAGBOY WARMAN." Others made false claims that he had had sex with a 13-year-old girl and that he was mixed up in criminal activity. "They refer to the plaintiff as a dishonest man, liar, scumbag, pimp and disgusting maggot, to name a few," Judge Ratushny said. "They heap hatred, contempt and ridicule on the plaintiff and, by their volume and wide dissemination, they seriously expose the plaintiff to hatred, contempt and ridicule from others." Although Mr. Grosvenor originally filed papers signifying his intent to defend the civil suit, he never did so. Mr. Warman said that Mr. Grosvenor has at least one tangible asset that he knows of - a home. "I never count chickens before they're hatched, but in this case, it is my full intent to enforce the judgment," Mr. Warman said. "I think it sends a very strong message that there are legal consequences in any civilized society for stalking another human being and encouraging people to murder him over an extended period."
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