The case caught the imagination of bloggers (where I first heard of it) after Levant recorded the first interrogation and uploaded it to youtube. In it, he subjects the civil servant inquisitor to a furious barrage reminiscent of a Howard Roark or John Galt monologue. From his introductory statement:
"It is my position that the government has no legal or moral authority to interrogate me or anyone else for publishing these words and pictures. That is a violation of my ancient and inalienable freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and, in this case, religious freedom, and the separation of mosque and state. It is especially perverted that a bureaucracy calling itself the Alberta 'Human Rights' Commission would be the government agency violating my human rights... We have a heritage of free speech that we inherited from Great Britain that goes back to the year 1215 and the Magna Carta. We have a heritage of 800 years of British Common Law's protection of free speech, augmented by 250 years of Common Law in Canada... For a government bureaucrat to call any publisher, or anyone else, to an investigation to be quizzed about his political and religious expression is a violation of 800 years of Common Law, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, our Bill of Rights and our Charter of Rights... It is a system that is part-Kafka, and part-Stalin."
And, when quizzed about the intention behind publishing the cartoons:
The full set of videos are here, and supply a refreshing challenge to the widespread belief in the superiority of group rights - in particular, the right not to have a group's beliefs offended - over individual rights. Fortunately, in this case, good sense prevailed: one of the complainants withdrew, and Ezra Levant was found not guilty of the other accusation.