#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.

#BlogHoCoSAO Coming Monday


Does this statement reflect the actual policy of Howard County, Maryland, State’s Attorney Dario J. Broccolino?

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

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?

Inquiring minds want to know, and 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.

#BlogHoCoSAO Next Monday


Does the following statement reflect the actual policy of Howard County, Maryland, State’s Attorney Dario J. Broccolino?

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

Inquiring minds want to know, and 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.

Feel free to also ask the Maryland Office of Tourism for their feelings about that advice.

#BlogHoCoSAO One Week From Today


Do the following two statements reflect the actual policies of Howard County, Maryland, State’s Attorney Dario J. Broccolino?

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.

Inquiring minds want to know, and 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.

#BlogHoCoSAO on 8 April


Do the following two statements reflect the actual policies of Howard County, Maryland, State’s Attorney Dario J. Broccolino?

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.

Inquiring minds want to know, and Hogwash! is encouraging other bloggers to contact Mr. Broccolino (contact info 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.

A Clarification of #BlogHoCoSAO


While the triggering events that brought about the idea for the Everyone Blog About the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office blogburst on 8 April had to do with the antics of Team Kimberlin, the event itself has nothing to do with them per se. Rather, it is about the apparent unwillingness of law enforcement in that county to do it’s job.

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.

seem like irresponsible things for a prosecutor to say. A resident of Virginia such as Mrs. Walker should be able to travel to Maryland and enjoy the equal protection of our laws. (I say, “our laws,” because I’m a resident of Maryland.) Of course, that may be what she was receiving. Given some of the things that have happened over the past few week, it’s not unreasonable to wonder whether a Maryland resident would not have received similar treatment.

Similarly, it is unreasonable to suggest that someone must stay off the Internet in order to avoid harassment. The web is this century’s equivalent of the public square. The sort of vile behavior that the Stranahan and Walker families have suffered would not have been allowed in a public space by our grandparents. Why is it permissible in the public space of the Internet today? But, again, given what’s been happening in Howard County over the past few weeks, it’s not an off-the-wall to question to ask whether a local resident would have been treated any differently than these families from Texas and Virginia.

So I encourage folks to contact Howard County State’s Attorney Dario J. Broccolino and ask the sort of questions suggested here, and I encourage bloggers and blog commenters to post and tweet their findings and commentary on 8 April.

I look forward to seeing how the blogosphere will cover this issue.

I’ll stay tuned.