Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

South Australian Attorney General Michael Atkinson, who has no problem casting verbal stones at his political opponents, is apparently unable to weather similar volleys lobbed at himself.

Atkinson is up in arms over a December 8, 2009 story that appeared on the website AdelaideNow which reported on a gathering of motorcycle club members.  In a resulting user comment on the story, someone referred to the South Australian AG as a “crook.” The comment (#86) was quickly removed from the story and two apologies were issued.

The commenter in question, Dean McQuillan, used his real name in his post and has subsequently received a letter from Atkinson’s lawyers alleging that the comment was “highly defamatory” towards Atkinson. The AG’s lawyers requested $20,000 as compensation and the “publication of a full retraction and apology.”

McQuillan told ABC’s MediaWatch that he is bankrupt and replied to Atkinson’s lawyers with a “robust response,” but has heard nothing since.

MediaWatch offered its own take on the situation:

The state’s chief law officer is prepared to threaten an ordinary citizen with ruin for posting rude remarks on the net, even when they were taken down within a couple of hours.

Again, this is a man (Atkinson) who said that he expected his political opposition from the  Gamers4Croydon party to utilize ”criminal activities and dirty tricks” in their campaign against him.

Atkinson also tried to suppress online comments earlier this year in advance of the coming elections by introducing a law that would force users to publish their real name and post code alongside their comments.  A civil outcry forced  him to repeal the measure.

|Via Games.On.net|

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51 comments

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    sharpshooterbabe says:

    Fuck That! He is a crook!!!!!! He is an idiot that expects everyone to bow down to him, when he wants to make the laws. He is a nut job!

     

     

    "It’s better to be hated for who you are, then be loved for who you are not." – Montgomery Gentry

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    funkyj says:

    Mick Atkinson is a crook!

    He has done some legally interesting deals with land planners over the St Clair land sale.

    He has stolen thousands of taxpayer dollars from treasury to fund ridiculous and unconstitutional laws which were struck down by the high courts

    He has stolen thousands of taxpayer dollars from treasuryto fund his out-of-court settlement for defaming Deputy Chief Justice Andrew Cannon.

     

    Come on Mick… sue me mate. I DARE you.

    I have $20,000 sitting here with your name on it if you can prove I’ve defamed you…

    Of course, being the gutless bully you are, you won’t, because you know I’ve got a little thing called truth on my side.

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    Corey says:

    I can’t get over how hilarious it is that his reaction to being called a crook is to extort money from the guy who accused him. The irony is MASSIVE!

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    PeterWDAwson says:

    I just wonder what will happen when Yahtzee Croshaw from the Escapist finally gets noticed by Atkinson. It seems like every 2nd or 3rd review that guy does these days has a reference to something that guy does/should do.

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    DarkSaber says:

    No, McQuillan is the one who is bankrupt.

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    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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    PHX Corp says:

    Hey mr. atkinson, the jerk store has called, They’re running Out of you

    Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

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    mdo7 says:

    The commenter in question, Dean McQuillan, used his real name in his post and has subsequently received a letter from Atkinson’s lawyers alleging that the comment was “highly defamatory” towards Atkinson. The AG’s lawyers requested $20,000 as compensation and the “publication of a full retraction and apology.”

    This is ironic, Someone called Atkinson a crook and Atkinson prety much bitched about that comment and now want 20,000 dollar from the same guy who called him a "crook".  Atkinson just stoop low to a crook by wanting 20,000 dollar out of the guy who made a non-offensive comment.   Michael Atkinson just stoop low to Jack Thompson level just from reading this.

    McQuillan told ABC’s MediaWatch that he is bankrupt and replied to Atkinson’s lawyers with a “robust response,” but has heard nothing since.
     

    Michael Atkinson’s bankrupt.  He can’t be, he’s an attorney general, that kind of job get you a lot of money.  Why would he need to get 20,000 dollar out of a guy who just called him a crook.  I think he probably did something serious like "give me 20,000 dollar or I will have you killed".  I think that channel 10 news that said a lot of bad thing was Michael Atkinson’s schemes all written on it.  He knows he beaten and he’ll do anything to promote his agenda even if it go down like extorting 20,000 dollar out of a guy who call him a "crook".  What’s next

    -Atkinson order some of the undercover cops to commit arson on every videogame store and make it look like a drug junkie was responsible.

    -Atkinson order a hit on the former member who supported R-18 in the earlier GP article and make it look like a random murder.

     

    By looking at the article, I hope there will be a internal investigation on him.  I would love it if they can put him out of business.     

     

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    hellfire7885 says:

    So he responds to being called a crook, by ACTING like a crook.

    He has absolute power, so he is absolutely corrupt.

    As for the article linked to above, I won’t be surprised if the first name of the historical figure he was compared to is Adolf.

     

    If you don’t want to be called one ,don’t act like one.


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    Erik says:

    $20,000 for being called a name on the internet?  What a fucking crook.

    -Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person’s fear of their own freedom-

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    PHX Corp says:

    Thanks SeanB and PHC Corp

    You Misspelled PHX Corp as PHC Corp

    Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

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    Dejiko says:

    If his claims are to be believed, he has recieved death threats too. really, his reaction to being called a crook convinces me even more that he was lieing about that

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    PeterWDAwson says:

    Yeah, see, that’s the part I find most hilarious. I’ve heard of people getting sued over comments, typically due to insults, but crook? Really? I’m sure he’s been emailed worse than that.

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    Adamas Draconis says:

    Please don’t insult the pussies of the world by lumping Atkinson with them. He is, as one of my favorite T.V charecters would say, "Horse pucky!"

    Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

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    Flamespeak says:

    Sounds good in theory, but it fails when you put people in the mix. Like it or not, someone who is outspoken and charismatic will get the public behind them, even if they are a total monster or complete idiot who doesn’t know the first bit about how to properly use the position that they have been granted by the people.

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    EvilTikiMan says:

    QFT!!!!, Its sad and strange of how often political officials are doing just that these days. Not just in America or Australia, but all over the world. *sigh*. Say anyone want to start their own little country?

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    The true American is one that does not let themselves become polarized in their party affiliations; they stay around the middle and listen to the word of both.After all the middle is created by two extremes, and we all know that you dont follow a crazy extremist.

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    Adrian Lopez says:

    This reminds me there ought to be a law against egomaniacal control freaks running for public office.

    To all those concerned: You, as a government official, are there to serve the public and work toward the common good. You are not there to bully your opponents, nor to impose your will through the exercise of whatever degree of power your little fiefdom allows you.

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    chadachada321 says:

    "Crook" is an insanely clean insult, at least where I come from. It’d be like calling him a thief, or a mobster, or a liar, or a wannabe dictator (all of which apply).

    -Optimum est pati quod emendare non possis-It is best to endure what you cannot change-

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    DarkSaber says:

    Agreed with the keep it clean part, after all, the R18 argument is based pretty heavily on "The vast majority of gamers aren’t immature and/or children"

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    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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    PeterWDAwson says:

    I’m willing to bet this page’s own comments will soon be full of ‘Michael Atkinson is a crook,’ so lets see what other names we can get away with. But for added fun, lets try to keep the insults relatively clean, say, E-rated. For my part: "Michael Atkinson is a bully."

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    Longjocks says:

    You also find the same folk completely unaware of their hypocrisy. Most of us are guitly of being hypocritical at times, but to do it so consistently and without acknowledgement, especially when it directly involves such an important position which Atkinson holds, takes a special kind of personality.

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    Zerodash says:

    Isn’t it strange how so many anti-games, pro-censorship folk seem to act just like Jack Thompson?  Of course, JT is far more intense and extreme because he is mentally ill (NPD). 

    I’m beginning to wonder if the types of people who are on this bandwagon have some kind of mental or personality predispositions in common. 

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    BearDogg-X says:

    The Continental Cretin of Australia is whining again just like the Metropolitian Moron of Miami used to(haven’t heard too much from him since the ScrewAttack convention).

    Congratulations, Mikey, you just lost your suit just by filing it, proving McQuillan correct in his judgment of Atkinson being a crook.

    Really, Atkinson, grow up and get a life. Atkinson is showing why he is the worst possible result of an orgasm. Oh, and that’s not an insult, ask Christopher Titus.

    Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra. Hell will stay frozen over for quite a while since the Saints won the Super Bowl.


    Proud supporter of the New Orleans Saints, LSU, 1st Amendment; Real American; Hound of Justice; Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always

    Saints(3-4), LSU(7-0)

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    DarkSaber says:

    Maybe someone like an Attorney General would have thought that, shame he isn’t onOH WAIT!!!11

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    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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    DarkSaber says:

    So Atkinson responds to being called a crook by acting like a crook.

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    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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    DorkmasterFlek says:

    South Australian Attorney General Michael Atkinson is the single biggest enemy of the Internet, and the very definition of the word "douchbag"!

    *waits for his very own lawsuit*

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