This morning I found these words on the Bill Schmalfeldt’s rabid response website:
Instead of flying Lee Stranahan up to Maryland, handing him pre-filled out paperwork, telling the poor dolt to “sign here and we’ll buy you dinner” and then filing charges all hands KNEW to be false.
Everything in that sentence is false.
First, to the best of my knowledge, Lee Stranahan paid for his own ticket from Texas to Maryland.
Second, he requested the Application for Statement of Charges forms from the District Court, and they were mailed to him. They were filled out in Texas by his wife taking dictation from Lee. No one handed him “pre-flled out paperwork.”
Third, while I did buy Lee’s dinner (I was raised to be hospitable), it was the District Court Commissioner who told Lee to “sign here.” Also, a “dolt” is a stupid person; Lee Stranahan is not stupid.
Fourth, I’m not sure who Schmalfeldt’s “all hands” includes, but Lee Stranahan and Mrs. Stranahan both believe the contents of the Application to be true. So does Aaron Walker. So do I.
If Bill Schmalfeldt’s statement isn’t a purposeful lie, then the best that can be said of it is that it was made with a reckless disregard for the truth.