NARRATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.
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NARRATOR: You’re a Detective Sergeant. You’re assigned to Internet Detail. A defamation lawsuit has been filed against a group of bloggers by a noted Anti-First-Amendment activist. Your job … get the facts.
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ANNOUNCER: Blognet … the documented drama of an actual case. For the next few minutes, in cooperation with the Twitter Town Sheriff’s Department, you will travel step by step on the side of the good guys through an actual case transcribed from official files. From beginning to end, from crime to punishment, Blognet is the story of the good guys in action.
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SOUND: Footsteps in hallway.
FRIDAY: It was Thursday, July 10th. It was a hot summer day in Westminster. We were working the day watch out of Internet Detail. My partner’s Liz Smith. The Boss is Twitter Town Sheriff W. J. J. Hoge. My name’s Friday. It was 3:52 pm when I entered Room S-121. Internet Detail.
SOUND: Door opens. Footsteps across room. Heavy box dropped on table.
SMITH: Just one box? I thought Timberland told the judge during the summary judgment hearing that there were 10,000 pages of discovery he had to provide.
SOUND: Chair pulled out.
FRIDAY: Yeah, just the one box, but it probably has close to two thousand pages in it.
SMITH: These aren’t the originals, are they?
FRIDAY: No. The defense lawyer kept those to maintain a chain of custody on the evidence. These are copies. We should be careful with this stuff, but we can mark things up if we need to.
SMITH: Our watch is over in a few minutes. Is this hot enough that we need to put in some overtime?
FRIDAY: Maybe, but not this evening. The trial isn’t until next month.
SMITH: Good. Both kids have got ball games this evening.
FRIDAY: Yeah, and they’re both doing better than Timberland.
FRIDAY: They’re both batting over .300.
FRIDAY: So far, Timberland keeps striking out.
MUSIC: Stinger and under.
FRIDAY: Friday, July 11th. We stated reviewing the Timberland materials first thing that morning.
SMITH: Joe, most of this is junk.
FRIDAY: Does that surprise you?
SMITH: No, I guess not, but if this is the sort of evidence Timberland has, his case is dead in the water.
FRIDAY: Uh, huh. I haven’t seen anything that helps him, but there are a couple of things I’ve seen that could help the defendants. Take a look at this.
SMITH: I see what you mean. Those type faces don’t match.
FRIDAY: Yeah. If some of the boxes on the form were filed in by hand, that wouldn’t raise suspicion, but two different fonts? Let’s set this aside to check further.
SMITH: Now that you mention it, I’ve found a couple of things like that also. And there’s a bunch of incomplete documents as well. This is going to be more work than I thought.
FRIDAY: Liz was right. Monday, August 4th. 11:17 am.
SOUND: Knocking on door.
PRO BONO: (Muffled) Come in.
SOUND: Door opens. Footsteps.
PRO BONO: (Full mike) Good morning, Sergeant Friday, Detective Smith.
SMITH: Good morning.
SOUND: Door closes. Footsteps. Heavy box dropped on desk.
FRIDAY: Here’s the markups and our report.
PRO BONO: Have a seat.
SOUND: Chairs pulled out.
PRO BONO: What’s the summary?
FRIDAY: You were right. There’s no there there.
SMITH: At least not for Timberland. We found several things that may be useful for your clients.
PRO BONO: Oh?
SMITH: Of course, none of those documents are authenticated. Most of them can’t be, but some can be proven bogus.
FRIDAY: Counselor, you should hope Timberland really tries to base his case on this stuff.
PRO BONO: Really?
FRIDAY: If he uses it, he’ll make your case.
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NARRATOR: On August 11th and 12th, the lawsuit came to trial in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. In a moment, the results of that trial.
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NARRATOR: On August 11th and 12th, the lawsuit came to trial in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. The court found Timberland’s case was so weak that it was not necessary for the defendants to put on their case. The court ordered a directed verdict in the defendants’ favor.
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ANNOUNCER: You have just heard Blognet, a series of authentic cases from official files. Technical advice comes from the office of the Twitter Town Sheriff’s Department.
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ANNOUNCER: Blognet is a work of fiction. Anyone who thinks it’s about him should read Proverbs 28:1.
Be sure to tune in on Monday evenings at 6 pm Eastern Time for the transcribed adventures of the man with the action-packed Twitter account, America’s fabulous Internet investigator—Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign. This is LBS, the Lickspittle Broadcasting System.