Good morning from America's diseased and depraved capital, where the temperature is in the mid-teens (Fahrenheit). Washingtonians seem to regard that as a little on the cold side, but to a Canadian such as myself it's perfect weather for skinnydipping in the Potomac.
Today, in Courtroom 518 of the District of Columbia Superior Court, we shall (I hope) wrap up jury selection and get to opening statements and the plaintiff's first witness. Here at SteynOnline, my friend and former publicist Amy K Mitchell will be bringing you her daily Court Report every evening, and every morning Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer will be broadcasting dramatised reconstructions of key moments in the proceedings. Simply click below for their take on the first day:
Pertinent observation by Aaron Everitt:
The positions about the climate are irrelevant. The question in this case is if free speech cannot be offensive is it really free speech at all?
I adore @MarkSteynOnline I hope his convictions on principle are won out I this ridiculous 12 year long battle.
After 12 years of...— Aaron Everitt (@loanly_hipster) January 16, 2024
Indeed. I was pretty wiped out by the end of the day, and the procedural folderol seemed to be taking a lot longer than it should have. But I didn't have a stroke, so I consider that a good day.
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