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Can wealthy people sue Xatrix?

by Nikola Strahija on February 27th, 2006 Are wealthy people above common decency or does it just happen to us?


Recently a law firm named Schillings, and their employee Chris Scott, acting on the behalf of their clients Matthew Mellon and Adrian Kirby, sent us an e-mail, demanding we take [url=http://www.xatrix.org/article.php?s=4277]this article[/url] down, publish an apology and consent to pay a yet undisclosed sum of money as an compensation for the allegedly defamatory writing. If we refused, or didn't answer, they would suggest their clients to issue legal proceedings against us.

We wrote the article in good faith, thinking that people visiting our site would find it interesting. Before writing it, we read it over and over again on various sites, which should be substantial and truthful sources. We wrote the article in a fun way, not even saying all the nasty stuff some other sites did, staying on the positive side of good taste.

Even though we think our article was OK, and nothing to fuss about, we would have taken it down, if we were only asked politely. But, the wealthy Mellon and Kirby obviously thought they needn't act as average people, so instead they've, through their attorneys, tried to scare us. And that is something we deeply hate. We are people writing for people, our service is free to all, and the littlest thing a person should do is to first ask nicely.

"Dear Xatrix (the letter could say), our names are Matthew Mellon and Adrian Kirby, and we are writing to ask you to take the article 'From hacking to blackmail to court' down, or at least remove our names from the article. We are not guilty for the charges imposed, and are going to defend in court, so it would help us if you would be so kind as to take the article down. We are well aware that you are journalists, and have the right to publish various news, but we are thinking of our families and loved ones, who are traumatized by writings of this nature. Thank you in advance..."

If this was the case, the article would be long forgotten. But when someone thinks that their money gives them right to scare other people, we put our foot down. And the article remains.

Can wealthy people sue Xatrix (part two)

It has come to our attention that Lifestyle Extra
[url=http://www.lse.co.uk/ShowStory.asp?story=SQ2322902K&news_headline=oil_tycoon_in_court_on_computer_hacking_rap]reports about Matthew Mellon's[/url] appearing in court. The article named [url=http://www.lse.co.uk/ShowStory.asp?story=SQ2322902K&news_headline=oil_tycoon_in_court_on_computer_hacking_rap]'Oil Tycoon In Court On Computer Hacking Rap[/url]' states that Mellon has appeared in Bow Street Magistrates court in London on February 23rd, charged with computer hacking.

Furthermore, the article says: "Mellon is among 17 people charged with computer hacking in a spying ring which allegedly sold information on the rich to paying clients."

Which totally confuses us. Because we were told, by Schillings, that Mellon was no hacker, and was not charged or arrested for hacking. They've told us that he is not among any people doing anything connected to a spying ring. "Importantly, our clients are not part of a group charged with illegally accessing NHS files, stealing private medical records or blackmailing people. These charges are entirely unrelated to our clients."

But the article states otherwise. It seems, from their point of view, that there was a trial indeed, and that someone under the name Matthew Mellon went there to speak his mind. He was allegedly released on bail.

"He has been ordered to reappear at the Old Bailey on June 22. All the defendants face jail if convicted.", the Lifestyle Extra article ends.

Since we are not in England, could somebody be so kind as to pop to the court mentioned and check out what's going on?
It's driving us nuts. Thnx in advance.


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