Elected officials serve the people, managing the resources of others. Along with this stewardship, there is an expectation from the public that in conducting daily activities, the officials will practice fairness and equality. They are also expected to maintain openness in their workings to ensure that they are operating within the public's perception of what is "right."<quoted text>
Uhhh, your warning of impending litigation doesn't hold water.
You referenced a matter inwhich an anonymous poster defamed someone by posting that person had committed adultery. Additionally, the anonymous poster then posted threats against that person.
In the anonymous posts about south shore center and all individuals involved, no threats of any kind made against individuals or entities. Additionally, defamation can only be found if 1)the statement (post) is proven to be false;
2)the false statment (post)can be proven by the accuser to have had a negative impact on their life or livelihood.
Did you know that although this case has been filed in Tennessee, the courts have yet to decide whether there's enough merrit to even issue a judicial subpoena for the anonymous poster's IP address?
Hold off on offering posters free legal advice because it's wrong.
If these officials sign on for this job, they know full well that the public will hold them to standards of accountability and scrutiny. It's a joke when the dialogue is threatened by law suits to shut people up.