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Here's another case: Spain's Supreme court confirms the dismissal of the case against Leo Bassi for parodying the Pope in Valladolid.

Apparently the Rector of the University of Valladolid organised an event called 'The Judeo-Christian roots of the West: a historical fraud to be fought', with the participation of comedian Leo Bassi. Professors and Students complained in advance to the Rector that "crimes perfectly detailed in the criminal code could be committed in the show", but he went ahead. The comedian dresses as the Pope, consecrated condoms and distributed them among the audience. Two catholic associations sued the Rector (and the comedian as an accomplice). The case was admitted by an investigative court, then thrown out, a decision that was apealed twice.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Sep 4th, 2012 at 09:08:28 AM EST
Well, that's progress, since the case was summarily dismissed.

Ultimately unsatisfying, because Spain apparently doesn't have proper anti-SLAPP laws that allow targets of vexatious litigants to claim compensation for their time and costs. Preferably punitive damages as well. But the plaintiffs in the frivolous suit being laughed out of court is progress.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue Sep 4th, 2012 at 09:35:14 AM EST
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