Last month, I sought a peace order against Bill Schmalfeldt. It was denied by a District Court judge who does not believe that Internet harassment can trigger the Maryland peace order statute. I appealed. The de novo appeal trial was scheduled for this morning in Circuit Court.
Bill Schmalfeldt and I had a discussion immediately after the settlement conference for the copyright infringement suit I filed against him. During that discussion, he made representations to me about his plan for his Internet presence going forward. I told him that, if he followed that plan, there would be no reason to follow through with my peace order petition. I encouraged him to pursue the course he outlined. I asked him to give me a reason to drop the matter, and we shook hands.
While he seemed to be following his plan for a week or so, Schmalfeldt quickly began giving me reasons to question his sincerity. His behavior over the past week convinced me that I should not withdraw my petition.
Bill Schmalfeldt was a no-show in court this morning. Based on my petition and testimony, Judge Galloway granted the peace order.
UPDATE—There have been some questions about the sort of evidence I presented while seeking the peace order. First, I presented evidence that I had demanded that the Cabin Boy™ to refrain from contacting or harassing me. Second, I presented evidence that he had received and was aware of my demand. Third, I presented evidence of contact and harassment in the form of emails and comments directed to this blog, a bogus DMCA takedown notice, and an extortionate threat to file criminal charges if I did not provide him with the identity of “Paul Krendler.”
For example—UPDATE 2—The Dreadful Pro-Se Schmalfeldt™ had filed a motion to dismiss based on a claim that Carroll County was an improper venue for my petition. Given that my petition was granted, the Gentle Reader should not be surprised to hear that the motion was denied.