It’s amazing how much falsehood Bill Schmalfeldt can pack into a tweet limited to 140 characters.The Gentle Reader who has followed this blog for more than a couple of days probably understands that support for the First Amendment, particularly against assault by thugs such as Bill Schmalfeldt, is one of the primary themes of this blog. If I’m using this blog to fight for anything these days, it’s for protection of the First Amendment.
However, the First Amendment is not a shield for criminal activity, and harassment is a crime in Maryland. Harassment is also a trigger for the issuance of a peace order, and failure to comply with the terms of a peace order is a crime.
The Circuit Court found that @mentions and @replies as described by Twitter’s Rules and Best Practices constituted contact.
The Circuit Court found that Bill Schmalfeldt was using @mentions and @replies as one of the means by which he was harassing me.
The Circuit Court issued a peace order forbidding Bill Schmalfeldt from contacting me by any means for six months.
The Circuit Court denied Bill Schmalfeldt’s motion to modify the peace order.
The Court of Appeals denied Bill Schmalfeldt’s appeal of the peace order. That means that the Circuit Court’s findings are good law.
The peace order remains in force, and Bill Schmalfeldt continues to contact or attempt to contact me, especially via @mentions and/or @replies on Twitter.
That’s illegal activity. It’s also not “peaceable.”
Does the Cabin Boy need to be sent to jail? That’s not for me to decide. There may be other remedies that could provide adequate relief. The courts will sort that out.