Lee Stranahan’s family are victims. Aaron Walker’s family are. Stacy McCain’s family are. Ali Akbar is one. So I am. We are all victims of Bill Schmalfeldt’s vile harassment. The difference between the others and me is that I’ve been in a position to hold Schmalfeldt at least partially accountable for his actions.
Cabin Boy Bill whines about how he is abused and harassed by other. That’s nonsense. He’s a bully, the kind who complains that it’s unfair when his target hits him back.
It’s been Bill Schmalfeldt who has posted obscene pictures with the faces of his targets photoshopped in. It’s been Bill Schmalfeldt who has made threats, lame ones mostly, but threats none the less. It’s been Bill Schmalfeldt who has sent harassing tweets after being told to stop contact and after acknowledging that order to cease. It’s been Bill Schmalfeldt who has been adjudicated a harasser. It’s been Bill Schmalfeldt who has had a peace order issued against him. It’s been Bill Schmalfeldt who has tried to be “cute” in skirting the edges of that order and who has strayed across the line.
Sore Loserman Bill is trying to legally escape from that peace order, first, by a Motion to Modify it so that, if he calls what he’s doing “journalism,” his harassment would be exempt, and, second, by appealing the order to the Maryland Court of Appeals. He also says he’s filing a motion to stay the order during the appeal. My only comment on his motions and such is that I’m pleased that my lawyer doesn’t bill me for the time she spends laughing. We will see how things turn out in court.
I’ve received a letter from the State’s Attorney’s Office reminding me to appear at Schmalfeldt’s probable cause hearing in District Court for the first five counts of violation of the peace order. That’s on the morning of 11 September. The information in the Application for Statement of Charges was only enough to establish probable cause that a summons be issued. It is only a small part of the evidence relating to my complaint.
I’ve tried to maintain a cheerful attitude through all this and meet Schmalfeldt’s usually risible behavior with the derision it deserves, but that isn’t always easy. For example, since the peace order was issued, I’ve received over 150 emails in the form of attempted comments to this blog from Schmalfeldt and his buddies on Team Kimberlin. I’ve posted some. Many are banal. Quite a few are obscene and talk about members of my family. It is sometimes difficult to maintain my composure in the face of such grotesque perversity.