On Defamation

To be defamatory in Maryland a statement must “expose a person to public scorn, hatred, contempt or ridicule, thereby discouraging others in the community from having a good opinion of, or from associating or dealing with, that person.” Batson v. Shiflett, 325 Md. 684, 722-23 (1992).

Some people are considered to be defamation proof. Such folks have reputations that are so bad that it’s not possible to lower their standing in the community. What could one say about Charles Manson, for example, that would degrade his reputation?

On the other side of the coin, there are people whose reputations for spreading falsehoods are such that nothing they say is taken seriously. Since essentially nothing such persons say is believable, nothing they say exposes their targets to scorn, hatred, contempt, or ridicule. It’s likely that such people are incapable of committing defamation. The ravings of a schizophrenic street person probably aren’t defamatory.

Thus, when a noted liar publishes falsehoods that no reasonable person finds credible, it’s simply a waste of time to sue. At least for defamation.


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NARRATOR: You’re a Detective Sergeant. You’re assigned to Internet Detail. A group of cyberbullies has been operating in support of convicted domestic terrorist by conducting online attacks on bloggers. They’re using various techniques to mask their identities. Your job … unmask ‘em.

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ANNOUNCER: Blognet … the documented drama of an actual case. For the next few minutes, in cooperation with the Twitter Town Sheriff’s Department, you will travel step by step on the side of the good guys through an actual case transcribed from official files. From beginning to end, from crime to punishment, Blognet is the story of the good guys in action.

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$1,000 Reward Still Open

In October, 2012, The Lonely Conservative received death threats from an anonymous thug. Hogewash! has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for those threats. In order to qualify for the award any information must have be provided to an appropriate law enforcement agency.

This evening, Hogewash! received the following comment—TK201410230210ZRunning out of time? I think not. The applicable statute of limitations in New York (victim’s location) is 3 years with a 3 year extension for a total of 6 years if, as I believe to be the case, the perp is outside of New York. Charges can be brought as late as October, 2018.

If the perp is in Maryland and is charged under that state’s laws, there is a possible charges for which there is no statute of limitations.

We shall see who laughs last.

UPDATE—If the perp is charged by the feds, there would normally be a 5 year statute of limitations. However, if, as I believe to be the case, certain facts apply to the case, the federal statute of limitations was reset by the send of the comment above, and it will restart whenever Karen B. or I receive any other emails or comments from the perp.

Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign

Johnny is off doing further research on the Short Fused Dud Matter. The initial results are quite intriguing. This recycled program from last April will give the Gentle Reader a taste of what’s developing.

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JOHNNY: (Groggy) Johnny Atsign.

PRO BONO: (Telephone Filter) Good morning, Johnny. Did I wake you?

JOHNNY: Ah, yeah. It’s 5 o’clock out here on the West Coast.

PRO BONO: (Telephone Filter) Sorry about that, but this is important. You’re done out there, aren’t you?

JOHNNY: I’ve run down all the leads we’ve got.

PRO BONO: (Telephone Filter) OK. Look, I’ve got you booked on a 7 am flight from LAX to Chicago. There’s more digging to do there.

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JOHNNY: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign!

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