Out of the kindness of my heart I thought It would be nice of me to give Lynch for Mayor and his cohort "chuggles" a heads up regarding on-line abuse on these Topic's forums. Here's a little something to ponder next time any one of you decide to go back to your ways of naming, accusing and abusing individuals on these forums.I am starting my candidacy early. Our city is in total dysfunction. Management is very poor. The citizens of Fitchburg have been experiencing the worst economic burden over the last 5 years. All rates, taxes, fees and utilities are the highest in the entire state.
"The Lesher case involved Topix, an independent third-party vendor that hosts hundreds of community commenting boards on newspaper websites across the United States. Topix puts limited restrictions on what can be said on its bulletin boards, believing that the First Amendment is its guardian and protector. Well, it's found out differently."
"The newspaper headline was shocking and yet comforting: "Texas couple smeared online win lawsuit."
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram story reported the case of salon-owner Rhonda Lesher and her husband, Mark, who had to close shop in Clarksville, where they lived for 20 years, and move out of town after being subjected to 25,000 online slurs and rumors by several former employees. The anonymous slurs, in which the Leshers were accused of raping a former employee and other perverse acts, were tracked down to 178 IP addresses.
With the help of a private detective at the cost of thousands of dollars, the Leshers tracked down the culprits and eventually filed suit.
The story said, "Three years after a Collin County jury acquitted the Leshers and their employee of aggravated sexual assault, a Tarrant County jury awarded the couple $13.78 million in a libel judgment. The ruling sends the message that people have the freedom to write what they please online, but they can be held accountable."
The award is believed to be the largest ever assessed in an Internet libel suit, according to the Star-Telegram."
Good luck in your next campaign effort Lynch! I'm sure many of us on here are looking forward to the vetting process.