Ga. man awarded $404,000 for libelous...

Ga. man awarded $404,000 for libelous Internet postings

There are 134 comments on the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution story from Jan 20, 2011, titled Ga. man awarded $404,000 for libelous Internet postings. In it, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that:

In just a few days, Gene Cooley lost his fiancee, his job, his future in-laws and his home.

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sticker shock

West Fork, AR

#1 Jan 20, 2011
way to go gene.
sticker shock

West Fork, AR

#2 Jan 20, 2011
i was reading the story and thinking the whole time what a horrible time that must have been in his life. he had just lost his fiance, which was devastating in itself. then to be ostracized from the entire community, having to sleep in his rental car because he had also been ostracized by his future in laws. wow. glad things are looking up for him now.

interesting they were unable to reach mrs ballew. she sure had a lot to say in sept of 08, but not so much now. she should have at the very least given a public apology.

Since: Nov 10

Location hidden

#3 Jan 20, 2011
I haven't followed this story. Briefly, what was the woman's (Ballew?) relationship to the family and/or Gene. What prompted her to be so vile and angry at Gene? Did she personally know Gene?
Anyone know?
sticker shock

West Fork, AR

#4 Jan 20, 2011
it said that he casually knew her in passing. she worked at a store that he shopped at. wonder what store it was.
NostrilDamnUs

Tucson, AZ

#5 Jan 20, 2011
Virginia Hoge and Ronald J. Fleischman should pay heed.

“Skin a Floridian”

Since: Aug 09

Hiawassee, GA

#6 Jan 20, 2011
GA Peach Blairsville wrote:
I haven't followed this story. Briefly, what was the woman's (Ballew?) relationship to the family and/or Gene. What prompted her to be so vile and angry at Gene? Did she personally know Gene?
Anyone know?
Go to thread.....union co made ajc..... Link is there... I remember you posted to "Bugs" a few times. It has been said that Genes att and "Englenook" Are one in the same if you will remember..
Oh my

Young Harris, GA

#7 Jan 20, 2011
AJC story link at top of page:

...Cooley barely knew his web attacker, a woman who worked at a Blairsville store where he sometimes shopped. Had it not been for the willingness by the website, Topix.com , to out Sybil Denise Ballew, her identity may never have been known.

...Ballew is the woman who wrote the posts under the pseudonyms Mouth, Calvin, Bugs, Yuck, Rebel and Slim. She admitted in court that she also had conversations with herself, posting her concerns on the site under one name and then agreeing with the posts under another persona.

When asked in court why she wrote those things about Cooley, Ballew answered,I watched him and I can tell a pervert. Every time a pretty girl walked by, he would look at them. I get a feeling.
..........
Good example of the use of sockpuppetts.
Rose

Commerce, GA

#8 Jan 20, 2011
Congrats to Gene. Wishing him all of the best now & in the future.

People in Blairsville can be so ignorant.

“Skin a Floridian”

Since: Aug 09

Hiawassee, GA

#9 Jan 20, 2011
Oh my wrote:
AJC story link at top of page:
...Cooley barely knew his web attacker, a woman who worked at a Blairsville store where he sometimes shopped. Had it not been for the willingness by the website, Topix.com , to out Sybil Denise Ballew, her identity may never have been known.
...Ballew is the woman who wrote the posts under the pseudonyms Mouth, Calvin, Bugs, Yuck, Rebel and Slim. She admitted in court that she also had conversations with herself, posting her concerns on the site under one name and then agreeing with the posts under another persona.
When asked in court why she wrote those things about Cooley, Ballew answered,I watched him and I can tell a pervert. Every time a pretty girl walked by, he would look at them. I get a feeling.
..........
Good example of the use of sockpuppetts.
They would accuse you of being englenook an vice ver... Its kinda funny now that I look back. Sockpuppetts have been used as long as I remember. Most of the time I can tell by their way of saying things... I have used them a Lot, I worried our old friend in wassee with the blue flys almost daily.
believer

Dawsonville, GA

#10 Jan 20, 2011
sticker shock wrote:
it said that he casually knew her in passing. she worked at a store that he shopped at. wonder what store it was.
Alexander's maybe????
redvelvet

Buffalo, TX

#11 Jan 20, 2011
Oh my wrote:
AJC story link at top of page:
...Cooley barely knew his web attacker, a woman who worked at a Blairsville store where he sometimes shopped. Had it not been for the willingness by the website, Topix.com , to out Sybil Denise Ballew, her identity may never have been known.
...Ballew is the woman who wrote the posts under the pseudonyms Mouth, Calvin, Bugs, Yuck, Rebel and Slim. She admitted in court that she also had conversations with herself, posting her concerns on the site under one name and then agreeing with the posts under another persona.
When asked in court why she wrote those things about Cooley, Ballew answered,I watched him and I can tell a pervert. Every time a pretty girl walked by, he would look at them. I get a feeling.
..........
Good example of the use of sockpuppetts.
Me han you is gonna walk Hand in Hand someday....Sockpuppet use... from yore past..

Since: Nov 10

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#12 Jan 20, 2011
Interesting. Thanks for the info.
I wonder where she worked.
Oh my

Young Harris, GA

#13 Jan 20, 2011
GA Peach Blairsville wrote:
Interesting. Thanks for the info.
I wonder where she worked.
You just never know what will happen when a pretty girl turns your head.
Oh my

Young Harris, GA

#14 Jan 20, 2011
Slowpok wrote:
<quoted text>They would accuse you of being englenook an vice ver... Its kinda funny now that I look back. Sockpuppetts have been used as long as I remember. Most of the time I can tell by their way of saying things... I have used them a Lot, I worried our old friend in wassee with the blue flys almost daily.
Yeah, when logic fails the personal attacks begin.
CALLBS

Dawsonville, GA

#15 Jan 20, 2011
I still do not believe this happened or why is it not in the paper, it would be headline news around the country if in fact it did happen, I still still say BS until I see it reported by a professional.
Oh my

Young Harris, GA

#16 Jan 20, 2011
redvelvet wrote:
<quoted text>Me han you is gonna walk Hand in Hand someday....Sockpuppet use... from yore past..
My apologies for not understanding you better, peanut butter and jelly washed down with a carton of milk then time for recess.
jupiter

Mount Angel, OR

#17 Jan 20, 2011
Everything she said about Mr. Cooley was lies. What about these that post truths or half-truths? Can they be sued?

I'm glad Mr. Cooley's name has been cleared. Even if he doesn't get money in the settlement, he got his name cleared, and that, in my mind, is much more important.
redvelvet

Buffalo, TX

#18 Jan 20, 2011
Oh my wrote:
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My apologies for not understanding you better, peanut butter and jelly washed down with a carton of milk then time for recess.
I got a Kick outa some of yore replies when I was Slavetradin, Thats abee at least 2yrs ago. I miss Mr. White...

I haven't as yet found an answer to MVs meddeling. Maby the "monkies" "scriptkiddies" will get a good picture of him. Maby they will post their findings on here. Somebody needs to.
boodoodle

United States

#19 Jan 20, 2011
CALLBS wrote:
I still do not believe this happened or why is it not in the paper, it would be headline news around the country if in fact it did happen, I still still say BS until I see it reported by a professional.
How much more professional can a news organization be .... YOU shoud be worried:

http://www.ajc.com/news/ga-man-awarded-404-80...
Yay

Blairsville, GA

#20 Jan 20, 2011
Maybe people should watch they say about ANYONE!!

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