The Fight to Speak the Truth

Four years ago today, the defamation case against myself and 25 John Doe commenters was dismissed with prejudice.  Of course, we were all elated that the fight to allow my anonymous commenters to remain anonymous had ended favorably.  No one’s identity was revealed and their right to remain anonymous was upheld. Today, four years later, I am once again in a court battle regarding the First Amendment.  We are fighting to protect anonymous speech and our right to speak the truth.  Deric Lostutter has filed a SLAPP action in federal court and is representing himself.  To date, he has filed hundreds of pages of handwritten jibberish forcing our attorney to review his illegible word salad.  Lostutter is now firing off subpoenas even though discovery is not permitted since we have filed a Motion to Dismiss based on lack of personal … Continue reading →

ACLU of Ohio Offers to Represent Anonymous Defendants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12.14.12 ACLU of Ohio Offers to Represent Anonymous Defendants in Jefferson County Defamation Case Defendants Have a First Amendment Right to Anonymous Online Speech and Should be Protected from a CyberSLAPP Lawsuit STEUBENVILLE, OH – Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio announced that it has offered to represent a number of “John Doe” defendants in a defamation lawsuit and subpoena request currently pending in the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas. “We believe the real goal of this lawsuit is to discover the identity of anonymous online commenters so that they, and future commenters will be intimidated and discouraged from voicing their opinions,” said ACLU Volunteer Attorney Scott Greenwood. “This is just an updated form of a classic Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP) which is typically used to silence speech that is protected under … Continue reading →