American Rhetoric: Movie Speech
Professor Lipstadt's Post High Court Verdict Press Conference
Male Reporter: Can I ask -- Can I ask, do you have any regrets about bringing the case?
Professor Lipstadt: I don't know how to say this often enough: I didn't bring the case. Mr. Irving did -- although I'm not sure he realized when he agreed to a trial by a single judge, that it would mean a written judgment. This judgment is going to stand against him forever.
Now, some people are
saying that the result of this trial will threaten free speech. I don't
accept that. I'm not attacking free speech. On the contrary, I've been
defending it against someone who wanted to abuse it. Freedom of speech
means you can say whatever you want. What you can't do is lie, and then expect not
to be held accountable for it. Not all opinions are equal. And some things
happen, just like we say they do.
Professor Lipstadt: Thank you. But I know what that means. That's code in England for "I've shut up," and I don't promise to shut up in the future.
Female Reporter: Miss Lipstadt -- Miss Lipstadt, how convinced were you that this trial was going to have a good outcome for you?
Professor Lipstadt: Well, before I came to London, I was -- I was definitely not convinced that a court of law was a good place to investigate historical truth. But, I underestimated the value of a team, of real teamwork. And it turns out it's not a bad place as long as you have great lawyers with great passion. And, my God, did I have great lawyers.
Male Reporter: Miss Lipstadt, if you could say something now to David Irving, what would you say?
Professor Lipstadt: I wouldn't say anything to David Irving. I would say
something to the