Murderers Wolfgang Werlé and Manfred Lauber in the news*
November 15, 2009 3 Comments
“Wolfgang Werlé and Manfred Lauber killed a German actor in 1990. Now that they are out of prison, German law states that they can’t be referred to by name in relation to the killings. Therefore, they have sued to get Wikipedia to remove their names from the Wikipedia article about the killings. The German edition of Wikipedia has already complied, but the English edition is citing US freedom of speech and a lack of presence in Germany as reasons why they don’t need to remove the name. In a bit of irony, their lawyer e-mailed the NY Times: ‘In the spirit of this discussion, I trust that you will not mention my clients’ names in your article.'”
* Notice what I did there?