Career fallout from a legal blast 3

October 18, 2002

Richard Barker's claim that he lost his libel case because of a clash between two different systems that use different languages is self-serving humbug. The trial was about a clash not of systems and languages but of truth and falsehood. It is certainly not the case, as said in the interview, that the videotaped evidence of the children "while taken seriously by the review team, was dismissed by the court".

The review team gave scant attention to the videos. Barker said in his witness statement that they "did not have much evidential value one way or the other". It was the court that meticulously examined the videos and concluded that they provided evidence that the children had been pressured, coaxed and led by anxious adults.

Richard Osborne
S. J. Cornish Solicitors for Newcastle nursery nurses
Christopher Lillie and Dawn Reed

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