Free speech 1, Saudis 0: New York passes libel tourism protection act

I put a question to the techies in the last post -- which isn't wholly unrelated to this one -- so let me put one to the lawyers this time: Assuming they hadn't passed this act, what should Ehrenfeld's next move have been? … The capper came in December, when New York's highest court ruled that a British libel judgment entered against Rachel Ehrenfeld, an American critic of the Saudis, would be enforceable even on U.S. soil because the court had no jurisdiction over the Saudi libel plaintiff and therefore couldn't grant an order under the First Amendment protecting Ehrenfeld from the judgment…

Libel tourism wins a round in US court; Updates

The court's opinion, written by Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, an appointee of Governor Cuomo, largely sidesteps any of Ms. Ehrenfeld's First Amendment considerations. … The Court said it did not have jurisdiction over the Saudi financier and that Ms. Ehrenfeld's suit to block the judgment must be dismissed. … Today the Court of Appeals in Albany said that New York law did not allow the researcher, Rachel Ehrenfeld, to seek a court order saying that a British judgment against her was unenforceable under the First Amendment…

The Forbidden Library

Since it was published in the US, and since Dr. Ehrenfeld is courageously battling bin Mafouz almost singlehandedly to keep the book in publication, Funding Evil isn't likely to be banned. … I received Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed -- and How to Stop It, by Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld last week. … If librarians are aware of the reasons, they might decide to keep the books pending a ruling in Dr. Ehrenfeld's case against Khalid bin Mafouz…

Alms for Jihad update Updated

" If and when the New York Court of Appeals decides that there is jurisdiction over Bin Mahfouz, Ehrenfeld's case would proceed on its merits—allowing Ehrenfeld to conduct pre-trial "discovery" of Bin Mahfouz's financial activities to further confirm the accuracy of her claims against him. … In a similar attempt to halt the distribution of such claims, libel tourist Bin Mahfouz also filed a libel action in British courts against Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, after Bonus Books published her 2003 book "FUNDING EVIL: How Terrorism is Financed and How to Stop It." Ehrenfeld, director of the American Center for Democracy, also alleged Bin Mahfouz of backing organizations with alleged ties to terrorism, a charge that Mahfouz, formerly president of the National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia, continues to deny. … That's because, as Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld and I discussed earlier this week, Khalid bin Mafouz has successfully bullied the Cambridge University Press into pulping the book…

Hot Air audio: How one wealthy jihad supporter is using UK courts to kill American free speech

But there is much the blogosphere can do–above all, generate the sort of publicity that will protect Ehrenfeld and others, and that will force the mainstream press to investigate. … Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld of the American Center for Democracy is one of the authors whose books have been subject to judicial attack by Khalid bin Mafouz…