Pro Tip: Don't Send A Completely Bogus Defamation Threat To A Website That Employs A Former ACLU Badass

from the just-a-suggestion dept

If you happen to recognize the name Jamie Lynn Crofts, it may be from the truly amazing amicus brief she filed two years ago in the nutty SLAPP lawsuit that coal boss Bob Murray filed against comedian John Oliver after Oliver did a (very funny) segment about coal and coal jobs that talked a fair bit about Bob Murray. Crofts, at the time working for the ACLU in West Virginia, filed an amicus brief that was truly wonderful to behold, including sections entitled "The Ridiculous Case at Hand" and "Anyone Can Legally Say "Eat Shit, Bob!" and "You Can't Sue People for Being Mean to You, Bob" and "You Can't Get a Court Order Telling the Press How to Cover Stories, Bob."

Anyway, it appears that Jamie has since moved on from the ACLU, and it appears that she's now regularly writing about legal issues for Wonkette, and doing a pretty damn good job of it as well, looking through her recent stories. I wish I'd known that before, as I would have followed her coverage much more closely. However, Jamie truly shines when dealing with bullshit censorial threats, and apparently the performance artists known as "Diamond and Silk" decided to send a laughably sketchy "cease and desist" letter to Wonkette over some of their coverage of Diamond and Silk and whatever it is that they do. Jamie's response is entitled In The Matter Of Diamond And Silk's Very Real Lawyer v. Wonkette: Bring It, Sh*thead, which maybe gives you a sense of the spirit of her reply.

Normally, in this space, we'd go through and highlight the absurdity of the threat letter, but, honestly, we can't do half as good a job as Jamie does (we probably couldn't do 20% as good a job). So you should go read the whole thing, but here's a snippet.

They gave us 24 hours to STOP THE BESMIRCHES, lest we FACE THE WRATH of the consummate professional who wrote this letter.

Libelizing and Slanderification!

Let's talk about how the law actually works, here. Here in the US of A, we have this little thing called the First Amendment. And because of it, you don't get to sue people for being mean to you. In fact, making fun of assholes is a proud American tradition, much like obesity and electing white supremacists.

Even private citizens can only sue for false statements of fact that harm their reputation. And for public figures, which Diamond and Silk unfortunately and undeniably are, it's a lot harder. Public figures have to show that any actual false statements were made "with actual malice."

It's a pretty basic thing in American law that you don't get to sue media organizations -- or mommybloggers -- just because you don't like what they have to say. The US Supreme Court has been pretty clear throughout the years that political speech, in particular, receives the most protection. That's because "speech concerning public affairs is more than self-expression; it is the essence of self-government." Garrison v. Louisiana, 379 U.S. 64 74-75 (1964).

What's really fun about the truth requirement is that it means you get to request documents from the other side and argue in court about whether or not the particular statements are, in fact, true. So if Calcite and Burlap actually sued us for this, one of the actual issues would be whether Wonderbitch really does hate them for being so dumb. And they'd have to show that their "reputation," such as it is, was harmed by what she wrote.

Discovery would be LIT.

Not only would we get to explore exactly how Quartz and Cotton-Poly Blend prop up white nationalism, we'd get to ask them why they think our articles are false and what kind of sketchy sources they get their money from.

I swear there's a lot more there and it just gets better and better and better. So go read it. And, yeah, maybe don't send a bogus legal threat letter to a site that employs a former ACLU 1st Amendment lawyer who is famous for filing a brief in court about how it's legal to say "Eat Shit, Bob!"

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    Olaf N. Guffaw, 4 Sep 2019 @ 10:00am

    Oh, dear. Back to your precious "right" to be vulgar.

    You're middle-aged, an alleged Ivy League Doctor but still acting and writing like a 13-year old, not just delighting in naughty words, but such a trivial topic when are any number more important on Drudge Report.

    By the way: Infowars still gets mentioned fairly often on Drudge with its 900-some million page views a day, which gives fair idea of YOUR importance, Masnick. You'll have to get sued again to get on Drudge, but you've been COWED from that and are down to CRAP.

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    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 10:01am

    Quartz and Cotton-Poly Blend

    On behalf of the law firm of Dewey Cheatem & Howe, I represent both quartzes and cotton-poly blends, and my clients strenuously object to being linked in any way with Diamond and Silk.

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    Olaf N. Guffaw, 4 Sep 2019 @ 10:07am

    If you value the First Amendment, say what you think valuable.

    Not just to you but for the good of society.

    Masnick and you kids WASTE speech with vulgarity, and you are losing even the ability to appear worthwhile. Do you think anyone really cares whether you can be VULGAR? Even you don't.

    And meanwhile, Corporatist Masnick says that corporations can control YOUR speech, but you don't have enough sense to see where that leads.

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      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 10:14am

      If you value the First Amendment, say what you think valuable.

      Well, if you insist…

      shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, tits

      There. Seven dirty words, all valuable because without the First Amendment, there could be (and would be) laws that declare those words to be “vulgar” or “obscene” and outlaw their usage in any context. Unpopular speech, no matter who deems it unpopular or why, is the speech most in need of First Amendment protections. (Protections from the consequences of that speech is a whole other matter.) The most valuable speech is that which gives protection to all other speech.

      …you motherfucker. 🙃

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 Sep 2019 @ 10:51am

      Re: If you value the First Amendment, say what you think valuabl

      Masnick and you kids WASTE speech with vulgarity

      I surely don't fucking think so, jackass. I mean, what the fuck happened to the first godamned fucking amendment if I can't drop a "fuck," "shit," "dimwitted fucktard," or "shit-eating retard," whenever the fuck I feel like it, asshole?

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 Sep 2019 @ 12:42pm

      Re: If you value the First Amendment, Stop being an idiot

      “Do you think anyone really cares whether you can be VULGAR?”

      You do bro.

      You do.

      You.

      ...

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 Sep 2019 @ 3:14pm

      Re: If you value the First Amendment, say what you think valuabl

      If you value the First Amendment, say what you think valuable.

      I think it would be valuable if you'd read the article and comment on it, rather than insulting the writers and commentators for having the audacity to swear.

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 Sep 2019 @ 6:45pm

      Once more, with feeling!

      There once was an out of the blue
      Who hated the process of due
      Each lawyer he'd paid
      Was DMCAed
      And said, "Wow, what an ignorant motherfucker!"

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      Anonymous Coward, 5 Sep 2019 @ 8:08am

      Re: If you value the First Amendment, say what you think valuabl

      Trololololo

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      bhull242 (profile), 8 Sep 2019 @ 5:40pm

      Re: If you value the First Amendment, say what you think valuabl

      Masnick and you kids WASTE speech with vulgarity…

      Uh… you do realize that speech isn’t a finite resource, right?

      Do you think anyone cares whether you can be VULGAR?

      You do, apparently.

      …Masnick says that corporations can control YOUR speech…

      …on their platforms, yes. Outside of that? No. Also, you seem unable to tell the difference between the government censoring people and a corporation censoring people. The latter isn’t an FA issue.

      On a side note, try to avoid using all-caps like that. It’s annoying, reduces readability, and you are choosing weird parts to emphasize. Use markdown for bold or italics instead, and emphasize words that you would naturally put emphasis on when saying it out loud.

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    Bloof (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 10:13am

    As much as I hate frivolous, nuisance lawsuits, I really hope Zircon and Nylon are dumb enough to go through with this one as the discovery process would make so much of the inner workings of the right wing media grift machine a matter of public record.

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    ECA (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 10:20am

    Entertaining, but....

    It will never see Court. And if it does, someone will get PAID to bury it, restrict access to it, Make it PRIVATE.. As they ALWAYS DO.. wouldlove a Judge to go threw all this Locked up Court cases, all the Settled out of court Locked up cases, and START dumping them into the public domain. REALLY. I really thought that Public court was supposed to be PUBLIC. Because the Citizens Should know where we stand.. And so should our lawyers.

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      ECA (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 10:34am

      Re: Entertaining, but....

      going thru the site, there is 1 thing thats going to be fun..

      the WORD 'Brand'...really comes up allot.
      anyone got a registered, listing of That 'Brand"?

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    BentFranklin (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 10:39am

    I for one am getting tired of these novelty legal letters. Also, in this case (as opposed to Bob vs HBO), it feels like punching down.

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      Thad (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 11:17am

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      Who's punching down here -- Wonkette, or Diamond and Silk? I'd say both parties are probably about equally prominent. It feels like punching laterally to me.

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      BTWDeportThemAll (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 11:31am

      Re:

      Yeah, it was (slightly) funny for a while. But now it's just becoming cringe-worthy.

      If everything is a reason for a sassy response, then sass means nothing anymore.

      "ACLU Badass"? Really TechDirt? She wrote one okay-ish amicus brief (with lots of errors like that prior constraints are presumed to be constitutional (p. 9) - when she clearly meant 'unconstitutional' - didn't proofread her own brief at all evidently because the table of authorities was also a complete mess).

      But at some point juvenile and condescending insults aren't going to help your case. They are going to hurt it. For example: on the subject of 'false statements of fact' - it may be funny, but it doesn't help when your response to a C&D letter itself makes a false statement of fact: "Not only would we get to explore exactly how Quartz and Cotton-Poly Blend prop up white nationalism (...)". Diamond and Silk, two black ladies, are 'propping up' white nationalism. Riiight.

      I'm guessing there's a reason she's not working at ACLU anymore and now defending 'mommybloggers'.

      Also, this 'badass' is misapplying the standard of actual malice. But don't tell her clients.

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        BTWDeportThemAll (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 11:39am

        Re: Re:

        Citation: "All prior restraints on expression are presumptively constitutional; prior restraints on matters of public concern are even more so." - Jamie Lynn Crofts (https://www.scribd.com/document/355284770/Nutterbutter#from_embed).

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        Stephen T. Stone (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 11:42am

        Diamond and Silk, two black ladies, are 'propping up' white nationalism.

        When one supports people who are turning White supremacist beliefs into government policies, yes, they are propping up White supremacy. The race of whoever is doing that propping up is irrelevant.

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          BTWDeportThemAll (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 11:46am

          Re:

          "people who are turning White supremacist beliefs into government policies"

          [citation needed]

          Getting real tired of people 'crying wolf' about racism and white supremacy. Show me the evidence, Bob.

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            Stephen T. Stone (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 11:49am

            [citation needed]

            Let’s start with the concentration camps that are holding undocumented immigrants en masse without any form of due process and go from there.

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              Anonymous Coward, 4 Sep 2019 @ 12:46pm

              Re:

              Concentration camps, really.

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                ECA (profile), 5 Sep 2019 @ 10:17am

                Re: Re:

                REALLY AC..
                Metal bars and Locks are not the only ways to create a Jail.

                Understand what Slavery is, then wonder HOW we got into a situation where all your wages are controlled by 2-3 organizations. And Who is taking all your money. between over priced Food stocks, Medical that can Put you into the poor house for 1 common cold, Corps that have contracts that Over ride your Constitutional rights, and on and on..
                A bible that demands we be Placid and domesticated, and Pandora that says we only have HOPE..
                ITS ALL F'ing WRONG.. If we sit and wait for OTHERS to fix things, NOTHING will be done.
                A snow ball starts with 1 Flake. and becomes an avalanche, as other follow.

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              BTWDeportThemAll (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 1:27pm

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              It is my understanding that the term concentration camp was coined by The Squad (Ocasio-Cortez et al) and it has drawn considerable criticism for deflating the meaning of the word: https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/06/19/ocasio-cortezs-analogy-reflects-a-deep-misunderstanding-of-the -holocaust/ "There are no similarities between the detention centers and/or the act of detaining individuals who enter the country illegally and the concentration camps (death camps) of Nazi Germany. Ocasio-Cortez’s comments were insensitive, offensive, and reflected a deep and profound misunderstanding of the Holocaust. Republicans and Democrats should stand hand in hand on this matter, and demand that such comments be retracted. Some issues transcend politics. The Holocaust is one of them, and such comments should be rejected by everyone."

              Also, your 'due process' comment is misplaced because those people in ICE detention centers are awaiting a hearing by an immigration judge. The problem is that those are overworked because supply is lower than demand for them. Which is kind of strange if your assertion that the administration is racist/white supremacist is to be believed. If that is true, why would illegal immigrants flock there massively?

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                Stephen T. Stone (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 1:51pm

                it has drawn considerable criticism for deflating the meaning of the word

                The first Nazi concentration camps, which were technically defined as contained areas in which people whom the Nazis considered “undesirables” (e.g., refugees, persecuted minorities, political prisoners) were held and either forced to work or wait to be executed, were established in 1933. (The official beginning of the slaughter we know as the Holocaust, marked by the Wansee Conference, happened in 1942.) Conditions for camp detainees included the separation of families, the removal children from their parents, and inadequate food and shelter for many (if not all) detainees.

                I wonder why, then, that the American detention centers for immigrants and refugees where families have been separated and numerous detainees have reported inadequate living conditions have drawn comparisons to the concentration camps used by the Nazis.

                There are no similarities between the detention centers and/or the act of detaining individuals who enter the country illegally and the concentration camps (death camps) of Nazi Germany.

                The death camps started as concentration camps. They weren’t the beginning of the process — they were the end result.

                your 'due process' comment is misplaced because those people in ICE detention centers are awaiting a hearing by an immigration judge. The problem is that those are overworked because supply is lower than demand for them.

                Which means that they’re being held indefinitely without due process. If the Trump administration refuses to staff the immigration system with lawyers and judges, that is the administration’s issue; the people in those camps shouldn’t suffer for the administration’s refusal to give a shit.

                If [your assertion that the administration is racist/white supremacist] is true, why would illegal immigrants flock there massively?

                The administration may be…well, is racist, but that doesn’t make the whole country racist. It also doesn’t mean the opportunities people seek in the United States, and the American ideals of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, are racist. People come here seeking a better life. If they seek it legally, who are we to deny the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to be free?

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            Anonymous Coward, 4 Sep 2019 @ 12:44pm

            Re: Re:

            https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/6/25/18715725/children-border-detention-kids-cages-immi gration

            First link for “kids in cages”

            There’s a few hundred thousand more to go bro.

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            Anonymous Coward, 4 Sep 2019 @ 2:37pm

            Re:

            “Getting real tired of people 'crying wolf' about racism and white supremacy.”

            Have you tried not being racist? Works a treat for not being called a racist, I’m told.

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        Thad (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 12:10pm

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        Diamond and Silk, two black ladies, are 'propping up' white nationalism. Riiight.

        When I want an accurate assessment of who is or isn't contributing to white nationalism, I'm definitely interested in hearing from a guy named BTWDeportThemAll.

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          That One Guy (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 12:33pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          If they intended to be taken serious they did rather blow their foot clean off by creating an account with that name, yes.

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          BTWDeportThemAll (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 1:29pm

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          Why would deporting >illegal< immigrants who skip the queue to the detriment of legal immigrants on the waiting list, be related to 'white nationalism'?

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            James Burkhardt (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 1:55pm

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            The phrase "Deport Them All" has some unfortunate connotations, which pair nicely with the why you phrased that question.

            For all your focus on 'Illegal Immigration', you chose deport them all, rather than say deport those violating the law. In the current policial climate, refugees are repeatedly described as illegally crossing the border, and skipping the line, in contrast to the reality that the asylum process of crossing the border and requesting asylum is indeed legal. The president has also suggested deporting people without due process, Despite that even with existing due process we still deport US citizens, let alone legal residents with surprising frequency. And yet, the need to mass deport Canadians, who are reportedly currently the worst as far as illegal immigration goes, is not generally discussed, nor is a wall on the northern border.

            This leads such a phrase as "by the way, you should deport them all" to take on the connotations of racism that seem to be threaded throughout the hard-line immigration stance. Because as much as the statement could be innocuous, many people who employ such a term refer almost exclusively to immigrants of latin decent.

            You might try to claim that "them" is all illegal immigrants, but that is because you are Schrodinger's douchebag dogwhistling your Nazi allies. You have chosen an ambiguous term that the reader will, by human nature, apply the current political climate to, so you can than act all high and mighty when we call out the way such a statement would be clearly seen when reflecting on the phrase.

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              BTWDeportThemAll (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 2:34pm

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              Well, first of all 'deport those violating the law' is too long as a username. Secondly, I guess you missed the reference, but the full slogan is 'Build The Wall, Deport Them All'. This a a chant often heard at Trump rallies.

              Now, as for your racism allegation: the slogan logically can only be aimed at illegal immigration since legal migrants either apply for a visa in their home country, or apply for asylum at a 'point of entry' and do not try to illegally cross the border unnoticed (hence: skipping the line). The wall can therefore only be aimed at illegal (or 'irregular') migration.

              "many people who employ such a term refer almost exclusively to immigrants of latin decent." - here you have it. This is where your reasoning is obviously fallacious. Just because most illegal immigrants are 'of Latin decent', does not make it racist to be against illegal migration. A classic fallacy.

              Finally: "the need to mass deport Canadians, who are reportedly currently the worst as far as illegal immigration goes, is not generally discussed, nor is a wall on the northern border." this is misinformation. Candanians make up a large share of visa overstays, but not of illegal border-crossers. Per Wikipedia: In 2012, 52% of unauthorized immigrants were from Mexico, 15% from Central America, 12% from Asia, 6% from South America, 5% from the Caribbean, and another 5% from Europe and Canada. - so 52% from Mexico and 5% from Canada.

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                Stephen T. Stone (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 4:44pm

                the full slogan is 'Build The Wall, Deport Them All'. This a a chant often heard at Trump rallies.

                Says a lot about the people at Trump rallies, then — and Trump, for that matter.

                the slogan logically can only be aimed at illegal immigration

                The slogan says “deport them all”. It doesn’t define “all”. It could mean “all undocumented immigrants”, “all immigrants”, or even “all non-White immigrants” depending on who you ask. Broad language such as that can be interpreted in numerous ways. Given the actions of the Trump administration, I’d go with the third interpretation.

                The wall can therefore only be aimed at illegal (or 'irregular') migration.

                And if you think it would only be used to deter illegal immigration, you would be a fool.

                Just because most illegal immigrants are 'of Latin decent', does not make it racist to be against illegal migration.

                Being a supporter of a president who kicked off his electoral campaign by referring to Mexicans as “rapists and thugs” and did everything he could to bar Muslims (possibly including U.S. citizens) from entering the country once he became president, however…

                Candanians make up a large share of visa overstays, but not of illegal border-crossers.

                I have news for you, son: A visa overstay is illegal immigration.

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                  Anonymous Coward, 4 Sep 2019 @ 5:14pm

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                  It’s a visa overstay if you’re white. It’s illegal immigrant if you’re brown. I’d bet dollars to maple bacon bars that he doesn’t see racism inherent in his statements.

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                Anonymous Coward, 5 Sep 2019 @ 5:35am

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                but the full slogan is 'Build The Wall, Deport Them All'. This a a chant often heard at Trump rallies.

                Is that before or after "...and Mexico's gonna pay for it!!!"

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                  Anonymous Coward, 5 Sep 2019 @ 5:45pm

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                  Neither, the plan is to now impoverish the US military so Mexico can laugh all the way to the bank about it.

                  For some reason this is still framed as a Trump win, fuck knows why.

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                bhull242 (profile), 8 Sep 2019 @ 5:52pm

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                FTR, you’re not helping your case by clarifying that the BTW means “Build The Wall” rather than “By The Way”. “Build the Wall” has some unfortunate connotations of racism itself, even moreso than “Deport them all”.

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              ECA (profile), 5 Sep 2019 @ 8:01pm

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              JB..
              Let me put it this way for that person..
              The USA is one of the LEAST, populated nations in the world..
              Lets get rid of all those that have immigrated here.. in the last 50 years..
              USA population Down by 1/3. Loosing 100,000,000..would have a great chance of destroying this nation.

              https://www.migrationpolicy.org/programs/data-hub/charts/immigrant-population-over-time
              Go have fun with this...BUT DO REMEMBER, we can go back to 1900, and ship them ALL back, 3-6 generations..and the USA population, and a GOOD chance YOU...may not live here anymore.

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            Ven, 4 Sep 2019 @ 2:27pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            Umm... you do realize your name isn't "BTWDeportTheIllegals" right?

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        That One Guy (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 12:10pm

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        If they didn't want to be publicly mocked then they shouldn't have sent a stupid(in just all the ways) threat letter.

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 Sep 2019 @ 8:31pm

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      The Bob v HBO letter was also stupid. It made zero arguments that the litigants didn’t make themselves. Maybe good PR to drive ACLU donations, but substantively useless and way overhyped. I’m an ACLU fan, but it was embarrassingly transparent.

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    Miles (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 10:53am

    Is that letter even real?

    I know the grifter team of Calcite & Burlap are incredibly stupid, but that letter is way over the top. It reads like a troll. I actually attended a picnic with the Wonkette folks last Friday. Even they aren't sure it's not a troll, but they certainly enjoyed responding to it.

    The notice at the bottom not to tell anyone is missing a copyright notice, so they won't receive full bonus points.

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    That One Guy (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 11:27am

    ... damn

    After a public spanking like that I'm not quite sure which would be funnier, them slinking away or doubling-down and allowing Crofts to really bring the pain.

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    BTWDeportThemAll (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 11:40am

    @TD: Please don't use "Pro Tip" directed at your readership

    It's extremely condescending.

    "Just a suggestion".

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 Sep 2019 @ 12:03pm

      @BTWDeportThemAll: Please don't come into somebody else's house and tell them what to do!

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 Sep 2019 @ 12:45pm

      Re: @TD: Please don't use "Pro Tip" directed at your readership

      “It's extremely condescending.”

      Good

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 3:05pm

      Re: @TD: Please don't use "Pro Tip" directed at your readership

      Yeah, I'll take it into consideration that a bigoted commenter who doesn't understand immigration is mad at my language choices... and I'll file it appropriately.

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      Anonymous Coward, 5 Sep 2019 @ 10:14am

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      Hey, @btwdeportthemall, pro tip:

      You might want to try NOT being condescending to most of the human race before accusing others of being condescending to people who quite obviously don't understand what they are talking about.

      Just a suggestion.

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      bhull242 (profile), 8 Sep 2019 @ 5:58pm

      Re: @TD: Please don't use "Pro Tip" directed at your readership

      Just a suggestion, but when posting on a site that is highly critical of perceived over-enforcement and abuse of immigration law and that is highly critical of and likes to make fun of Donald Trump, his proposed and actual polices, and his administration, don’t use the user name “BTWDeportThemAll” if you want to be taken seriously. Whatever your opinion on illegal immigration, what should be done about it, and the wall, most commenters here think it’s, at best, a complete waste of resources that won’t reduce illegal immigration significantly.

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 11:43am

    If only there was a federal anti-slapp law.
    Knowing that sending questionable legal threats could lead to them taking you to court & having to pay their bills might make a difference.

    I doubt it because the butt hurt are going to be butt hurt, there always is a lawyer looking to get paid (Win Lose Draw they get paid), so hitting the butt hurt in the pocketbook might discourage this sort of thing... but y'all is stupid.

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    Zof (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 6:34pm

    The Right Way Is Do What Vic Mignogna Did

    When outright lies were spread about Vic by the nutball brigaded from twitter, he decided to sue the everloving crap out of them. Apparently, he's winning. So remember folks, the only way to stop real slander and real lies is to frame it as a financial loss, and present evidence. They won't have any because they are just morons calling you names that went too far. What they needed to do was prove a financial loss, or potentially tortuous interference. Courts love it when you can show actions lost you money. Good to see Vic winning.

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      BJW (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 7:48pm

      Re: The Right Way Is Do What Vic Mignogna Did

      Apparently you're only listening to Nick's nightly screams...I mean streams. The lawsuit is going badly and over 80 attorneys have weighed and found it wanting. Because actual malice can't be proven as defendants believe the information spread about Vic, and he's a public figure. Now there are many, many more people who've heard all the accusations who didn't know a single thing. Vic has torched his own career. Look up "Streisand Effect."

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 Sep 2019 @ 8:11pm

      Re: The Right Way Is Do What Vic Mignogna Did

      On June 26, 2019, a deposition was carried out for Mignogna. Funimation then filed an anti-SLAPP motion on July 1, 2019, for Mignogna to dismiss his lawsuit, with Rial, Marchi and Toye following suit on July 19, 2019. A hearing is set for September 6, 2019, to consider the defendants' anti-SLAPP motions.

      Source: Wikipedia

      ... Apparently, he's winning.

      How is that winning?

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      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 8:28pm

      Apparently, he's winning.

      I would love to know the alchemy you used to come up with that conclusion.

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 Sep 2019 @ 9:29pm

      Re: The Right Way Is Do What Vic Mignogna Did and self immolate

      I eagerly await your apology for being wrong when Vic loses his suit. In fact let’s put a bet on it. If vic loses you leave forever like you promised. If he wins I’ll buy you the anime body pillow of your choice.

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      Anonymous Coward, 5 Sep 2019 @ 10:16am

      Re:

      You have a weird definition of winning.

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      bhull242 (profile), 8 Sep 2019 @ 6:38pm

      Re: The Right Way Is Do What Vic Mignogna Did

      7 out of the 12 cases have been dismissed with costs awarded, with another hearing scheduled on the others’ respective anti-SLAPP motions. How is Vic winning again?

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    nickm (profile), 4 Sep 2019 @ 7:09pm

    Vic isn't winning. Stop listening to YouTube grifter Nick Rekieta.

    Vic is going to end up owing the defendants more money than the GoFundMe has raised from gullible pedostans such as yourself, and his lawyer is going to need to lean on his State Senator partner to try to avoid disbarment for filing false notarizations.

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    Vandalia, 10 Sep 2019 @ 12:42pm

    According to the WV Supreme Court website, her West Virginia law license was annulled on a 5-0 vote on 9 September. There does not seem to be any documentation of the precisely the reason for the annulment, but the fact that there was not a written opinion suggests that she did not object.

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