Lani Hagaman has said she believes every effort should be made to bring her husband’s claims of defamation to completion.
That’s not what Andrew Little will have wanted to hear, but there could be a few lawyers and judges interested in seeking legal clarification on qualified privilege.
In a statement on Wednesday Lani Hagaman said because the jury was unable to reach verdicts on several of Earl’s claims, she had been advised the court now automatically retries those claims.
“The jury also reached a verdict that Earl was defamed by Andrew Little. However, contrary to the finding of the court on qualified privilege, my legal advice continues to be that Mr Little was not entitled to protection by that.
“As this matter remains unresolved, I believe it requires clarification,” she said.
“While Earl is still alive I believe that it is important that every effort is made to bring his claims to completion, and I intend to do so.”
No comment so far from Little.