in today’s “bad policy and GTFOHWTBS news….
The censorship issue in America is starting to get real…
Mark is in the middle of a custody battle with his estranged wife who had been denying him visitation with his 17-month old child. He was recently awarded bi-monthly visits by the Ohio family court.
Like most of us, he kept his friends updated on what was happening through Facebook (important to note: the ex-wife was BLOCKED from seeing his page). Somehow ol’ girl got wind of it and told court officials that she felt scared and concerned by the replies his friends made to his comments.
One of Mark’s posts said “”If you are an evil, vindictive woman who wants to ruin your husband’s life and take your son’s father away from him completely — all you need to do is say you’re scared of your husband or domestic partner and they’ll take him away.”
The court saw this comment and others were a form of mental abuse and harassment and ordered Mark to write a 7 paragraph daily apology on his Facebook page for 30 days or spend 60 days in jail…AND he was FORCED to re-friend her. (GTFOHWTBS!!!!!!)
Here is how the Huffington post reports the story:
Domestic Relations Magistrate Paul Meyers last month found Byron in contempt of a protective order because of his Facebook comments. Meyers said that Byron could avoid a 60-day jail sentence and a $500 fine by posting the apology — written by Meyers — to his wife and all of his Facebook friends and paying her attorney fees. The same apology must be posted every day no later than 9 a.m.
The June court order prohibited Byron from causing his wife physical or mental abuse, harassment or annoyance. She asked in December that he be found in contempt after learning of the Facebook comments.
Byron’s comments expressed frustration, but they were not threats and he didn’t make them to his wife, said Cincinnati attorney Jack Greiner, who also specializes in free speech and media issues.
Greiner said he doesn’t think the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and of the press, “allows a court to find that someone has harassed or caused a person to suffer mental abuse merely by expressing one’s opinion about a court proceeding in a non-threatening way.”
Greiner said that a court compelling speech through a court-written apology raises as many free speech concerns as actions prohibiting free speech.
Soooo…now family court can tell you what to say to your friends and how to say it? This is the most egregious violation of freedom of speech I have come across yet!
1. He wasn’t even TALKING to the wife directly..he was posting to HIS friends. No threat to her life or well being was made.
2. The wife was blocked from his page to begin with..which leads us to the next point….
3. Some snitching ass-nosey-ass big brother wanna-be doesn’t know how to mind their business (hater).
4. The court is FORCING this man to tell HIS friends publicly that the woman who caused him hell is an upstanding citizen.
I could go on and on….but you get the point.
Our freedom of speech is being stripped away slowly, through court cases that are setting precedent for even our social interactions. Understand that once this judgement was entered, it damn near becomes law and anyone under similar circumstances and refer to this case to terrorize and ex-lover, friend or whomever they choose. This is how the law works people.
We hope that the “free-speech” thumpers are preparing a lawsuit right now to have this order vacated.
Can a Madman live?