Al-Dura Verdict: What Prognosis for Civil Society in France?
If the judges have hesitated, it’s because the evidence is so “badly” in Karsenty’s favor that the judges hesitate to defy it. Whether due to fear of contradiction, or due to some (significant but not decisive) remaining elements of intellectual integrity, this is good news for those who hope the court shows judicial sanity rather then political savvy.
But the fact that they remain uncommitted, rather than deciding for Karsenty’s obvious right to criticize a journalist (especially given the powerful evidence against Enderlin), means the weight of public honor (Enderlin’s, France2′s, the Palestinians’) still weighs heavily in their calculations.
For further information:
Evidence and analysis of the original incident: Second Draft
Ongoing discussion of the controversy: The Augean Stables
Extensive analysis of the Karsenty Trials: Veronique Chemla (mostly French)
Archive of all relevant articles: Debriefing.org
Philippe Karsenty's website (English)
Charles Enderlin's blog (French)
New website under construction: The al-Dura Project
Wikipedia article: Al Durrah Incident