On Tuesday, British High Court Judge Charles Gray issued a scathing ruling in the libel trial of David Irving versus Deborah Lipstadt and her British publisher, Penguin UK (see the March 10, 2000 Scout Report
). Deciding firmly in the defendants's (Lipstadt and Penguin) favor, Gray described Irving as "a racist, an anti-Semite and an active Holocaust denier." Irving had brought the libel action because he claimed that Lipstadt's characterization of him as "one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial" in a 1994 book damaged his reputation and threatened his livelihood. In his 300-page decision, Judge Gray ruled that this characterization was, in fact, justified. Users can read the full text of the decision in HTML format at the Nizkor Project Website.
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