Words Have Meaning

Deranged may refer to psychosis, a generic psychiatric term for a mental state often described as involving a “loss of contact with reality.”

Cyberstalking is the repeated use of electronic communications to harass or frighten someone.

Now, consider someone who has lost a court case, moved to have the resulting order modified, and appealed his case with his appeal being denied. Now, suppose that person was told on two separate occasions by the trial judge in court that his understanding of the law was wrong, once during the trial and again during the modification hearing. Also, suppose that his appeal was denied because, after reviewing his legal reasoning, the Court of Appeals found no issues of law to review. If that person continued to assert that his view of the law was correct, it might be reasonable to assume that he had, in some sense, lost contact with reality.

Let’s go a step further with this fellow and note that he had been adjudicated as a harasser by a court of law and that he used the Internet to conduct his harassment. Clearly, it would be reasonable to consider this person a cyberstalker. Indeed, many people would, using the common understanding of the words, find that describing him as a deranged cyberstalker was quite justifiable if not completely accurate. Certainly, holding and expressing that opinion would be not be defamatory—given that it is based on well-known facts about the person and his behavior.

7 thoughts on “Words Have Meaning

  1. If this hypothetical fellow insisted on broadcasting his sexual impotence as well as his inability to control his bladder and bowels, also known as “making bigs,” it would lend credence to my mind of a deranged need for attention of any kind.

  2. Actually, telling your opinion about someone who clearly wishes to be in the public eye seems very far from “harassment.” More like exercising free speech. First Amendment and all. Deranged cyberstalker seems mild.

    • Yes, exactly. Clearly, it’s protected speech, but using his own standards, making fun of people and calling them names is harassment. If that is the case, he’s king of that hill.

  3. Remember, BS is a stalking horse forBK.

    He is purposely conflating the write about v write to positions to further propaganda.

    He is trying to make them equivalent so that when he loses in the court there will be a supposed precedent for the write about to be considered harassment.

    Then there will be much fanfare about how the Defamation Five should be careful what they wish for. The Ides of some month or other are coming. Because, you see, they wrote about BK. Precedent set.

    Now, it is all of a piece with Acme Legal reasoning and is wrong as rain, but that does not appear to matter.

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