Bill Schmalfledt has dug himself so deep a hole that many are now unclear just what he’s been charged with doing. At this point, there are four summonses that have been issued.
The first summons relates to conduct from 16 October to 8 November. Based on the evidence submitted, a District Court Commissioner charged Schmalfeldt with one count of misuse of electronic communication (Md Criminal Law § 3-805), 36 counts of failure to comply with a peace order (Md Courts & Judicial Proceedings § 3-1508), and one count of harassment (Md Criminal Law § 3-805).
The second summons relates to conduct from 8 November to 11 November. Based on the evidence submitted, a Commissioner charged Schmalfeldt with 198 counts of failure to comply with a peace order. These are the counts for which a warrant was originally issued. That warrant was converted to a summons.
The third summons relates to conduct on 13 and 14 November. Based on the evidence submitted, a Commissioner charged Schmalfledt with 88 counts of failure to comply with a peace order.
The fourth summons relates to conduct on 14 and 15 November. Based on the evidence submitted, a Commissioner charged Schmalfeldt with 29 counts of failure to comply with a peace order.
Meanwhile, Schmalfeldt keeps digging. The next time the Scream-O-Tweet counter updates, it will be well above 400.
UPDATE—Those are the current pending criminal charges. The trial date for the first summons is 29 January, 2014. The trial date for the other three summonses is 12 February, 2014.
I have also filed two petitions concerning the existing peace order with the Circuit Court. The peace order is a civil matter, although violating it is a crime. The first petition asks that the order be extended for six months. The second seeks an order to Schmalfeldt requiring that he show cause why the court should not hold him in contempt because of his disobedience of the peace order. Neither petition has been scheduled for a hearing as yet, but I am told the petition for the extension should be heard before the peace order expires on 14 December.