Brasillach was tried in war time, for collaboration with Nazis in France. If you want a rather comparable example of trial, here we are: All the dissidents and some innovative scientists in the Soviet Union were put to trial headed by no-expert "court of people" (if the "offence" was not too grave) and special KGB courts the judges of which, again, had no inkling about any other activity of the detained except of being hostile to the Soviet people. Genetics and other new fields were deemed "bourgeois lie-science" and the authors were shot, sent to GULAG or officially pronounced mentally ill. The punishment of Toaff will never be the same but the principle of academic production content's conformity with the beforehand established position of ruling power evokes great deal the call of some MKs for the "special law".
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from the article: MKs seek to try Prof. Toaff over claims in blood libel book