This speaks for itself.
UPDATE–What’s next for Cabin Boy Bill Schmalfeldt?
He’s been summoned to a preliminary hearing to determine if there is probable cause that he violated Maryland Code Annotated Criminal Statue 3-805, which makes it a crime to use email or social media to continue to harass or annoy someone after being told to stop. There is, by the way, no exception for a “journalist;” one may write about someone, but one may not continually address messages to that person after being told to desist.
The Maryland District Court website explains what happens at a preliminary hearing:
A preliminary hearing is a proceeding held in the District Court to determine if probable cause exists to charge you with a crime. You are not allowed to testify or to offer evidence at the hearing, but you have the right to hear the evidence against you and to cross examine the state’s witness.
UPDATE 2–Based on an account from an eyewitness who is not a party to the matters at issue, I can report that the original complaint brought before the District Court Commissioner was only for misuse of electronic communication. Based on the evidence she saw, the Commissioner added the 3-803 harassment charge.
UPDATE 3–For a lawyer’s analysis of the case (but one that contains no legal advice to anyone), go here.
UPDATE 4–I should remind the Gentle Reader that some time ago I stated my intention to ignore CBBS until the beginning of the denouement for Team Kimberlin. Therefore, it not unreasonable for the Gentle Reader to draw an inference about the times and seasons from this post.