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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
We believe that the real goal of this lawsuit is to discover the identity of anonymous posters so they, and future commentators on this site will be intimidated and discouraged from voicing their opinions.
This tactic has a name. Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) are a common tool used to silence and intimidate those exercising their right to free speech.
We believe that this case is a textbook example of a cyberSLAPP suit. If subpoenas are honored and the identities of anonymous commenters are revealed, serious damage will have been done to anonymous free speech on the internet, even if the lawsuit is ultimately dismissed.
For these reasons, we have enlisted the help of the ACLU of Ohio in order to fight these subpoenas on behalf of all of the John Doe defendants, and to fully address the chilling effect of this lawsuit.
The blog was down for the better part of the day due to some server issues, but hopefully those have been resolved. Nope, I didn’t shut down. I’m here for the duration. I write about a lot of cases, and my focus has always been for the victims. I don’t always have heartwarming things to say about criminals or others who behave like savages, and I believe that if it looks like a turd, and smells like a turd…chances are it’s a turd. My language can sometimes be colorful, and I will not apologize for that because that is just who I am. I have been known to refer to individuals who behave like they are from another planet as booger eaters. I have a right to an opinion, and I opine that the world is full of some very odd and dangerous people. I’m not the only person who has an opinion. My dad used to say they are like *holes. We all have them.
Our basic rights ensure that we have freedom of speech. That includes,
- the right to seek information and ideas;
- the right to receive information and ideas;
- and the right to impart information and ideas.
As owner of this blog, I provide factual information in my articles and my readers have the opportunity to discuss various cases and missing persons stories. They also have the opportunity to post comments regarding these news items. I am not responsible for the opinions of others. I have claimed to own the internet, but really it was just a joke. I am not Big Brother, and certainly do not tell people how they should think. I like free thinkers and enjoy opposing viewpoints as long as it is done respectfully, and not like a booger eater having a tantrum. As such, I am responsible for my comments – not yours, not Phil McCrackin’s, et al.
“No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” This federal law preempts any state laws to the contrary: “[n]o cause of action may be brought and no liability may be imposed under any State or local law that is inconsistent with this section.” The courts have repeatedly rejected attempts to limit the reach of Section 230 to “traditional” Internet service providers, instead treating many diverse entities as “interactive computer service providers.”
This would mean that I should not be held liable for defamatory statements contained herein by commenters. I also believe that we all have a right to believe that someone is an asshole. If a statement is true, it cannot be defamatory. The other side of the coin is that the statement must be capable of being proven false. This means that most opinions — even the meanest and most disparaging — cannot be defamatory.
Anyhow, I have not been served with any suit and for all I know that could be just another rumor. You know how they all keep talking about rumors, plus for all you know, I live in a van down by the river in Orlando, FL. It is business as usual here at PRINNIEFIED, and if you wish to comment here using a proxy – I understand. I truly understand that some feel oppressed and/or intimidated regarding having an opinion regarding this case. I am very sad that we didn’t have more colorful usernames. Fart Sniffer would have caused me gales of laughter. LOL
It is my hope that ALL of those responsible in this case are held accountable for what they did to the victim, and that all others who have or were involved in gang rapes of females are prosecuted. I have pixelated the victim’s name to protect her, but wonder what would the reasonable man would think of the character of an individual who would post this photo online? Can one’s character truly be more defamed than they defamed themselves? Just some food for thought.