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My Lawlord: Ars Technica On The Evony Case

Hello. I'm a little shy about making too many gags around stories which lawyer up. At least when I'm linkblogging, eh?

This is some fantastic stuff from Ars Technica. Following on their piece looking at Evony earlier in the week, they do a follow up, giving right to reply to Benjamin Gifford and Walt Yarbrough of Regan Mercantile, the folk behind Evony. Lots of stuff covered – especially good is the news they’re in the process of dialing back their distinctive ads-barrage – but the most jaw dropping material comes later in the piece, in relation to the just-dropped Evony/Everiss case, where Ars Technica have the transcripts to Gifford’s cross-examination on the stand…

Really, you should go and read everything in the article – this is the sort of journalism we should be supporting with clicks – but here’s a couple of particularly mindblowing teasers to get you clicking…

Q. You are an out and out liar, aren’t you?
A. No.

Q. How do you say you are not an out and out liar when you have approved statements on the Internet that you hold a Bachelor of Arts, earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration?
A. That was put there purely as a PR actually.

Q. Mr Gifford, is that a serious answer?
A. Yes.

And later…

Q. So you are actively seeking to mislead people with this press release?
A. Yes.

Q. You were activity consciously seeking to do that?
A. Yes.

Q. And you didn’t have a problem with that?
A. No.

Q. And you still don’t have a problem with that, do you?
A. I can change that statement, yes.

Q. Do you currently have a problem with this, Mr Gifford?
A. Yes.

Q. When did you develop that problem, in the last ten seconds?
A. Yes.

Honestly, go and read it or better yet read the article from the top. Marvelous stuff which does – as Ars note – put some doubt on the team’s stated position that the case was dropped because it was unpopular with Evony’s community.

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