Another Tall Tale?

Rebekah Jones tweeted this yesterday—I doubt that Christina Pushaw has tweeted 254 times about Jones since the interim peace order was issued on 7 April.

Furthermore, I doubt that the Montgomery County Police have dedicated the necessary resources to tracking all of the various Twitter accounts that Jones claims to be operated by Ms. Pushaw. Based on my experience as both a complainant and a defendant in Maryland peace order cases, it seems more likely that Jones has complained to the police about 254 tweets she imagines originated from Ms. Pushaw than than the police reported that number to her.

I have received a CD of the courtroom audio from the temporary peace order hearing. During the hearing, the judge told Jones that she could file an additional complaint if she had evidence of further violations. After the hearing, she left the building without stopping by the Commissioner’s Office to file. There are no additional cases shown in the Maryland Judiciary Case Search. The existing criminal case is for violation of the interim order. If the police have evidence of a violation temporary order, they should have filed a second case.

Even if someone were writing about Jones with respect to her Florida or Maryland legal cases, the Maryland harassment statute specifically exempts “a peaceable activity intended to express a political view or provide information to others.” Jones has raised questions about how politics may be affecting public health. She’s triggered a robust discussion of her claims and her qualifications to make them. Jones may not find it flattering, but it isn’t harassment to publish documented reporting about her and her previous activities.

In 2012, a District Court Judge in Montgomery County granted a peace order with an unconstitutional gag order attached based on a similar complaint. The order was overturned on appeal, and the judge was reprimanded by the Maryland Commission of Judicial Disabilities. In 2015, I was the respondent in a similar case. The District Court dismissed that petition, and the Circuit Court upheld the dismissal on appeal. The related criminal complaint was dismissed for lack of evidence.

During my cases, my Twitter accounts were suspended. This isn’t the place to go through all the details, but I seem to be back on Twitter, and Twitter has been more careful about such cases ever since. That may be why they haven’t suspended any accounts yet.

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