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A LANDMARK COURT DECISION BY A COURAGEOUS JUDGE…
Hatfield v Child
A Huge Blow Against the Conspiracy Theorists
Another Body Blow to Donald Robinson as a Morrisseau Authenticator
Joe McLeod’s Sterling Reputation as a Credible Morrisseau Expert Re-affirmed
Judge Paul Martial has just given his decision.
In an open display of uncommon judicial courage, and demonstrating an intellectual rigor not shared by any journalist handling the Morrisseau file over the last twelve years, Judge Paul Martial laid out, in black and white, exactly how he saw the story, the witnesses, their “expert reports,” and their testimony.
Without a single qualifying word or phrase, he finds that “Wheel of Life” is an authentic Morrisseau.
“The painting “Wheel of Life” is not a forgery. The Defendants did not misrepresent the authenticity of the painting.”
He unequivocally rejects the “Expert Report” of Donald Robinson and rejects his analysis and conclusion that “Wheel” is a forgery.
“He has no formal training as an expert witness in handwriting analysis and his evidence is rejected.”
“The Court rejects his expert report and his conclusion that the Morellian analysis, style, colour, and provenance all pointed to forgery.”
Judge Martial found the following especially compelling and credible Defence witnesses:
– Joseph McLeod of Maslak McLeod
– Wilfrid Wolf Morrisseau
He preferred their presentation on the stand, and their testimony, in every way, to that of the Plaintiff’s Witnesses, Donald Robinson and Ritchie Sinclair.
He found that Ms. Hatfield, as the Plaintiff,
– loses her case claiming she was a victim of forgery,
– refuses to award her costs of $40,000 she asked for,
– refuses to overturn the sale,
– orders her to pay the Defendant, Artworld of Sherway, the $1,500 in costs the Defendant had asked for.
In line with what we had predicted many weeks ago.
To see why we had foreseen this: