#BlogHoCoSAO: The Wrap Up


Thanks to everyone who participated. One thing that I’ll note is that no one seems to have received a substantive response from either Mr. Broccolino or any of his staff. One of the participants called me during the early evening yesterday to say that he had tried to call Wayne Kirwin of the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office all day, but his calls were always directed to voice mail.

Either Mr. Kirwin was very busy today, or …

I wonder if Mr. Broccolino intends to run for reelection next year.

#BlogHoCoSAO Participants


This is a list of those blogs known to be participating in Everyone Blog About the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office Day.

Monitor’s Access
R. M. Nixon (Deceased) / Dead Republican Party
Tanny O’Haley
The Other McCain and here
Batshit Crazy News
Grumpy Opinions
Ameryx le Gallois
The Lonely Conservative
Raging Against the Rhetoric
Joyce Junior
Allergic to Bull
Patterico’s Pontifications
Kimberlin Unmasked
Donlyn Turnbull
They Don’t Fool ME!
The Camp of the Saints
Michelle Malkin
Evi L. Bloggerlady
Lee Stranahan
Zilla of the Resistance
Lowering the Boom
Da Tech Guy’s Blog
Conservative Animal
Political Fireball

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Everyone Blog About the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office Day


It’s been two weeks since I requested answers to these questions:

1. Is it the position of the State’s Attorney that operation of a blog allows one unlimited license to contact another person without regard to Maryland Criminal Statutes 3-803 and/or 3-805?

2. Does Mr. Broccilino believe that a public person such as himself may not seek to demand that someone cease contacting him as provided by Maryland Criminal Statutes 3-803 and/or 3-805?

3. Is it the policy of State’s Attorney that non-residents of Maryland must or should avoid entering the state if they are being stalked by a Maryland resident?

I have not yet received a response from either State’s Attorney Dario J. Broccolino or a member of his staff.

I was prompted to ask these questions because of his office’s handling of harassment complaints filed by families from Texas and Virginia that were not prosecuted. Of course, it is possible that a complaint can be filed without sufficient supporting evidence. However, it appears that all of the evidence necessary to establish that harassment occurred and who did it was well documented. The State’s Attorney’s Office’s response was

Stay off the Internet if you don’t want to be harassed.

The Virginia family has also be stalked by a convicted violent felon for the past year. After the wife was stalked by that individual in a Howard County courthouse parking lot, she was told

If you’re so concerned for your safety, stay out of Maryland.

Moreover Jim Brewer, the Assistant State’s Attorney who handled both cases, had no interest in hearing from the complainants. He told them up front that his decision not to prosecute had been made.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve encouraged others to contact the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office to see what they could find out about these questions and suggested that today should be a date to report their findings. I look forward to their reports.

UPDATE—One theme that seems to be emerging in the early posts for Everyone Blog About the Howard County States’ Attorney’s Office Day is that most blogger’s requests for information have been ignored. In fact, the only response published as of 6:30 am ET was this one, received by the anonymous blogger who uses the nom de cyber of R. M. Nixon (Deceased):

The ONLY response I have received, as a private citizen is an email requesting my real identity, driver’s license information, social security number as a requirement for a response to Maryland residents only.

Why would driver’s license and social security information be required in order for a State’s Attorney to give an answer about how laws are interpreted? Why can’t an out-of-state person inquire about how Maryland’s law might affect him or his travel plans?

Hmmmm.

UPDATE 2—Here is a list of participating bloggers.

#BlogHoCoSAO


Tomorrow is Everyone Blog About the Howard County State’s Attorney Day. If you’re going to participate, let me know via a comment, tweet, or email so that I can link to your post on Monday.

Do these two statement accurately reflect the policies of the Howard County, Maryland, State’s Attorney’s Office?

If you’re so concerned for your safety, stay out of Maryland

Stay off the Internet if you don’t want to be harassed.

They are the sorts of things that were told to the Stranahan and Walker families when the sought help in dealing with Internet harassment and stalking. Hogwash! is encouraging other bloggers to contact State’s Attorney Dario J. Broccolino (contact info and more details here) for clarification and to post the answers received along with any commentary tomorrow on Everyone Blog About the Howard County State’s Attorney Day.

#BlogHoCoSAO on Monday


The Gentle Readers who have been following this blog for the past couple of weeks know that next Monday is Everyone Blog About the Howard County State’s Attorney Day. For those of you who just tuned in, consider these statements.

If you’re so concerned for your safety, stay out of Maryland

Stay off the Internet if you don’t want to be harassed.

Do those two statement accurately reflect the policies of the Howard County, Maryland, State’s Attorney’s Office? They are the sorts of things that were told to the Stranahan and Walker families when the sought help in dealing with Internet harassment and stalking. Hogwash! is encouraging other bloggers to contact State’s Attorney Dario J. Broccolino (contact info and more details here) for clarification and to post the answers received along with any commentary on 8 April, Everyone Blog About the Howard County State’s Attorney Day.

If you’re going to participate, let me know via a comment, tweet, or email so that I can link to your post on Monday.

#BlogHoCoSAO, Monday, 8 April


If you’re so concerned for your safety, stay out of Maryland

Stay off the Internet if you don’t want to be harassed.

Do those two statement accurately reflect the policies of the Howard County, Maryland, State’s Attorney’s Office? They are the sorts of things that were told to the Stranahan and Walker families when the sought help in dealing with Internet harassment and stalking. Hogwash! is encouraging other bloggers to contact State’s Attorney Dario J. Broccolino (contact info and more details here) for clarification and to post the answers received along with any commentary on 8 April, Everyone Blog About the Howard County State’s Attorney Day.

If you’re going to participate, let me know via a comment, tweet, or email so that I can link to your post on Monday.

#BlogHoCoSAO On 8 April


If you’re so concerned for your safety, stay out of Maryland

and,

Stay off the Internet if you don’t want to be harassed.

That’s what Jim Brewer, an Assistant State’s Attorney in Howard County, Maryland, told Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Walker when they sought protection from what they believed was harassment and stalking. Even if the Walker’s were mistaken (and I don’t think they were), those seem rather inappropriate things for an Assistant State’s Attorney to say.

Do they reflect the actual policies of Howard County State’s Attorney Dario J. Broccolino? Hogwash! is encouraging other bloggers to contact Mr. Broccolino (contact info and more details here) for clarification and to post the answers received along with any commentary on 8 April, Everyone Blog About the Howard County State’s Attorney Day.