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ANNOUNCER: (VOICE OVER MUSIC) Around Twitter Town and in the territory of the net—there’s just one way to handle the harassers and the stalkers—and that’s with an Internet Sheriff and the smell of “BLOGSMOKE”!
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ANNOUNCER: “BLOGSMOKE” starring W. J. J. Hoge. The story of the trolling that moved into the young Internet—and the story of a man who moved against it. (MUSIC: OUT)
JOHN: I’m that man, John Hoge, Internet Sheriff—the first man they look for and the last they want to meet. It’s a chancy job—and it makes a man watchful … and a little lonely.
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JOHN: Folks often ask me how I got to be Internet Sheriff here in Twitter Town. I ran unopposed after being nominated by Bunny Boy, the editor of a minor website. Back in November of last year, Bunny Boy wrote what he thought was a satirical piece about my efforts to enforce a peace order against a cyberthug. As usual, he got many of his facts wrong. Recently, another peace order has been issued against the same cyberthug, and he’s violated that on as well. I’ve filed a petition with the court seeking to have the thug found to be in contempt.
But back to Bunny Boy. He did note that, given the then current rate of violations of the peace order, it was likely that there would have been thousands of counts standing against the violator by the time his case got to court in early 2014. He wondered, “The District Attorney and Circuit Court clerk probably do not enjoy this prospect. Will Sheriff Hoge wear out his welcome with the townsfolk and be named a vexatious litigant? Will he get called out for playing fast and loose with the rules of the court?”
Those questions are worth answering.
Did I wear out my welcome? It doesn’t seem likely. Since Bunny Boy wrote his article, Hogewash! has had over 1.5 million page views, and the currently traffic is growing roughly three fold each year.
Did I get named a vexatious litigant? Nope. In fact, the follow on civil matter, the extension to the peace order, was granted, and when the cyberthug tried to run an accuse-the-accuser play and charge me with perjury, his allegations were found to be without probable cause.
Did I get called out for playing fast and loose with the rules of the court? Nope. Actually, that’s what happened to the Bunny Boy’s boss.
JUDGE : Did you alter the return receipts between docket entry 38 and 50-whatever; did you change them? This is about the exact same brief green card being filed—the support motions you filed, the different docket entries, one showing the restricted delivery box checked and one not.
THE BOMBER: Your Honor, like I said, I asked the Post Office to send it restricted delivery.
JUDGE: You’re not answering my question.
THE BOMBER: Yes, I changed—
JUDGE: Did you change it?
THE BOMBER: Yes, I did.
JUDGE: And then you filed it representing that it accurately reflected the green card that had been filed out.
THE BOMBER: No, no, no, I filed it and accurately said‚it accurately reflected what I told the Post Office to do, and that’s what it is. You know, like I said, I’m a pro se litigant and—
JUDGE: Don’t even use that with me.
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And now back to our story.
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JOHN: No. I’m not the vexatious litigant in this scenario. And the game’s not over yet. As I said, that cyberthug has violated the current peace order. As a result of my petition, he’s been ordered to show cause why he shouldn’t be found to be in contempt of court. While I haven’t asked for jail as a sanction, it’s on the judge’s list of options.
As usual, the thug has been attempting to try his case on the Internet, mostly on Twitter, and has been making a glorious fool of himself in the process. He seems to think that creating a link on a pingback enabled blog does not have a causal relationship to the resulting pingback communications sent. He’s spent a great deal of energy defending that point of view.
He has until the 23rd of this month to file a written answer to my petition with the court. Although he has a history of filing court papers at the last minute, I suspect that he will rush something out. Indeed, he’s made dark hints of a bad surprise coming my way soon.
If you hear uproarious laughter coming from the direction of Westminster this weekend, you’ll know that my copy of his paperwork arrived.
Oh, one more thing … I wonder why Bunny Boy hasn’t been writing about this story?
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ANNOUNCER: (VOICE OVER MUSIC) It’s been said that truth is strange than fiction because fiction has to make sense—as we will see in the next episode of “BLOGSMOKE”!
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ANNOUNCER: The Legal Department wishes the following declaimer read: “‘BLOGSMOKE’ is a work of fiction. Anyone who feels it might be about him should read Proverbs 28:1.”
Be sure to tune in on Monday at 6 pm Eastern Time for the next intriguing episode of “Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign.” This is LBS, the Lickspittle Broadcasting System.