Monday, December 24, 2007

Writing wrongs can be costly

What you say in e-mails and online can cause legal headaches, limit job possibilities

Just a few words can have huge consequences.

A Winnipeg court ruling this week offers a warning to anyone who writes even a simple letter or e-mail: You are responsible for every word you scrawl or type.

On Tuesday, the Manitoba Court of Appeal upheld a $10,000 fine (including court costs) against a lawyer found guilty of calling a judge a "bigot" in a letter to opposing counsel.

The lawyer, Ian Histed, argued the January 2004 letter containing the remark was confidential and its release violated his right to privacy.

He also contended his words were protected by freedom of expression.

Freedom has limits

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