McCready – seedy or greedy?
Most Whale Oilers will find McCready’s court antics a blatant misuse of the judicial system, tiresome and without merit.
There is a basis for dealing with vexatious litigants in the Judicature Act 1908, one of the oldest pieces of legislation on our books. The act is currently undergoing a long, overdue upgrade and has already had its Second Reading. The new act makes dealing with vexatious and frivolous litigants a little less cumbersome while retaining our long standing rights as citizens to employ the legal system to redress wrongs.
The law on vexatious cases goes back to the 1870’s in Britain where a certain somewhat seedy, Lambeth solicitor Alexander Chaffers made the claim that Lady Twiss was not, as she maintained, the orphaned daughter of a Polish general, but rather, one Marie Gelas, a carpenter’s daughter and a former London whore.
It involved a lengthy libel case involving the wife of Sir Travers Twiss, the Queen’s own Advocate-General at the time. Chaffers had insisted Lady Twiss had frequented the notorious Argyll Rooms, where she met her future husband whom she wed in 1862. With this bit of information, Chaffers had been blackmailing the couple for several years and, apparently displeased with either the size or timeliness of the payments, he finally wrote the Lord Chamberlain to complain that such a woman should not have been presented to the Queen. Read more »