Fellow blogger Jacqui Thompson was in court in Carmarthen yesterday for a brief hearing in which the court made a charging order to enable Carmarthenshire County Council to try to recover £190,390 in costs associated with the libel trial back in 2013.
The hearing was accompanied by a small but poignant protest in the streets of Carmarthen featuring a blood-spattered Kidwelly resident carrying a "pound of flesh".
The judge appears to have had misgivings about the action being brought by the council, but reluctantly agreed to make the order final after pointing out that any action by the council to enforce would mean spending yet more public money in the pursuit of a claim which will yield no return.
For its part, the council has argued that it is legally obliged to pursue action to recover its costs, but that argument is somewhat undermined by the council's failure so far to bring action to recover a further £41,000 in costs incurred when the chief executive, Mark James, persuaded the council to bring a counter-claim for defamation.
All of this is academic because the council has no realistic prospect of recovering any of this money.
As Jacqui reports on her blog, the chief executive is now pushing ahead with court action to enforce his claim for damages, a claim which now stands at £35,000. Mr James's order was made final back in September 2014, so the next step is to actually force the sale of the Thompsons' home.
The lawyers will have a field day because there are other charges on the property, including a mortgage and a prior charge held by Eifion Bowen, the council's former head of planning.
Cneifiwr is no lawyer, but it would be reasonable to assume that the Thompsons' mortgage lender will want its money back before whatever is left goes first to Eifion Bowen and then Mark James. The County Council will be at the back of the queue in a bun fight with no buns.
Although Carmarthenshire County Council did not make any effort to find out about the state of Jacqui's finances when it allowed Mr James to push ahead with the libel case in 2012, it has since had full disclosure. As things now stand, therefore, the council is guilty of wasting public money by pursuing a claim which has no realistic prospect of success.
One question councillors may wish to ponder is the source of the legal advice given to the Executive Board and just how independent of the chief executive that advice was.
They may also want to consider the timings of the various court hearings. Bearing in mind that Mr James's claim for damages takes precedent over the council's attempt to recover its costs, why did the council push ahead with this action before the chief executive's application to have the property sold?
The council's answer, as approved by Mr James no doubt, would be the legal nicety that in seeking to obtain his damages, Mr James is, in theory at least, acting in a private capacity.
What is now evident is that Mr James has once again succeeded in persuading the council to pile pressure on to one of his biggest critics while shouldering not just the costs but also the negative publicity which will result.
There was no compulsion for the council to act before Mr James, and it was certainly not in councillors' interests to do so. But turkeys voting for Christmas seems to be all the rage these days.
Finally, if anyone is still in doubt as to what this has always been about, read Jacqui Thompson's account of the the chief executive's attempt to have Dyfed Powys Police pursue her with charges of criminal harassment for a string of offending blogposts, including a reference to "lumpy carpets" in County Hall in connection with the Pembrey Country Park scandal.
That must have had Dyfed Powys' finest scratching their heads because, as the Carmarthenshire Herald reported some while back, they are in possession of a file containing serious allegations of criminal activity and a cover-up handed to them by Nia Griffith MP for investigation.
In the Alice in Wonderland, paranoid, thin-skinned, PR obsessed world of Mr James, it seems that what really counts as criminal is criticism of his management of the council.