Poor John Hoge. Such an ego, and with such little reason for it. Now I’m being criticized for “arguing a case I’ve already lost.” Dude. That’s what appeals are. He should know. He had two judges tell him “no” to his peace order demand before he finally found one who gave it to him.
I am going to say the same thing now to WJJ Hoge that I said to the Wisconsin Knotheads about their phony “Occupy Madison” website.
John, the peace order. Either give it up willingly or be humiliated when I take it from you.
I really don’t know if it’s hubris, stupidity, ego, or a mixture of all three. In my last post, I showed you this.
It’s from the Maryland Legislature discussing their accomplishments of 2012. One of which was their passage of a bill that added “electronic communication” to the electronic mail harassment law. If you look at the underlined portion, you see that the Attorney General of Maryland said that harassment online may not include Twitter.
Add to that this wrapup from the 2013 legislative session.
They toughened the law in regard to minors. But left intact the prohibition on Twitter as a source of harassment. This goes hand in hand with the US v. Cassidy ruling in the Federal courts that says Twitter can not be used to harass.
Here’s Hoge’s rebuttal.
His lawyer submitted a motion to dismiss based on the notion that the misuse of electronic communications statute the Cabin Boy writes about in his post is not one of he triggering crimes for a peace order. My lawyer’s response was that the broader harassment statute covered electronic harassment as well, that my petition was based on my being harassed, that the harassment being electronic was incidental to my petition, and that the possibility Schmalfeldt might be charged with both crimes didn’t affect my case.
The judge agreed with my lawyer.
WHAT? This doesn’t even make SENSE! I was charged under the broader harassment statute and those charges were dismissed. I was also charged with electronic harassment, and those charges were dismissed. Just how does Hoge allege he was harassed?
The judge also wound up finding that Schmalfeldt engaged in harassment. That’s as much as he had to find in order to issue the peace order.
The Cabin Boy is trying to engage in an argument that he’s already lost.
Well… DUH! That’s what an appeal IS! Hoge should know that. He had to appeal an argument HE lost to get the Circuit Court judge to grant his peace order that TWO District Court judges told him he could not have.
Hoge’s sole argument seems to be, “The judge decided.” Well, if that were the case there would be no appeal courts. Judges make mistakes. According to the Federal Court and the Attorney General of Maryland, THIS judge MADE A MISTAKE!
I’ve given Hoge a chance to back out of this and save a scrap of his face. If he doesn’t take it, he will have to deal with the results.