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Internet trash talk results in lawsuit; Medina man sues over chatroom posts
Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | Tuesday, January 17, 2006 | Rena A. Koontz, Plain Dealer Reporter

Posted on 01/18/2006 12:07:24 AM PST by OneLoyalAmerican

Medina- George Gillespie knows Bob Charpentier and Mike Marlowe only from an America Online chatroom, where they have traded insults electronically for five years.

But face-to-face meetings in Medina County Common Pleas Court may be in their futures.

Gillespie, of Medina, sued the two men - one from Oregon and the other from Alabama - saying that they insulted and harassed him to the point that "no reasonable man could be expected to endure it."

Gillespie, 52, is seeking a $25,000 judgment. He also sued America Online Inc., charging that the Internet service provider was negligent in not canceling Charpentier's and Marlowe's accounts after he filed complaints against them.

A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 31.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Alabama; US: Ohio; US: Oregon
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Amazing.
1 posted on 01/18/2006 12:07:26 AM PST by OneLoyalAmerican
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To: Jim Robinson

Ping


2 posted on 01/18/2006 12:10:09 AM PST by OneLoyalAmerican (Even if your mother says she loves you, check it out.)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican

Let me take a stab at where this is headed. This guy will be represented by a LAWYER. The other guys will be represeted by a LAWYER. There will be 1,000's of other cases like this with this new rule about anonomous postings offending people. Each case will require minimum of 2..you guessed it..LAWYERS.

This will be a total drag on the court system and will make a lot of money for..one last time...LAWYERS!


3 posted on 01/18/2006 12:11:02 AM PST by BookaT (My cat's breath smells like cat food!)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican

More than amazing, it's frightening. If the courts decide to intervene on the behalf of a participant in a flame war, that's the end.


4 posted on 01/18/2006 12:12:01 AM PST by dr_lew
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To: BookaT

"Of the LAWYERS, by the LAWYERS and for the LAWYERS."


5 posted on 01/18/2006 12:13:03 AM PST by The Duke
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To: OneLoyalAmerican

World's first internet bullies? Or, world's first internet crybabie?


6 posted on 01/18/2006 12:14:35 AM PST by de Buillion (Pedophiles, Perverts, and child sexual predators- It's partytime in Vermont, Y'all come on up!)
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To: BookaT

Greeetings BookaT:
As someone succinctly observed: We don't have a justice system, we have a legal system.
Cheers,
OLA


7 posted on 01/18/2006 12:15:55 AM PST by OneLoyalAmerican (Even if your mother says she loves you, check it out.)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican
May I say that is a fine article you have posted and that you are a great American and an oustanding Freeper. (I hope you find the previous sentence non-offensive). - :o)

Seriously, I will be interested in following this and how much liberal interest "rights" groups (ACLU, etc.) take a stand in this.

8 posted on 01/18/2006 12:16:44 AM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: OneLoyalAmerican

And who does the complainant allege forced him into that chatroom to take the alleged abuse till he could stand it no more?


9 posted on 01/18/2006 12:17:08 AM PST by GretchenM (God made you. He will also take you out. Better to go on His terms -- through Jesus.)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican
Maybe he heard about the new anti-annoy law & got inspired.
10 posted on 01/18/2006 12:17:47 AM PST by jennyp (WWJBD?)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican
no reasonable man could be expected to endure it.

I wish I knew what they said. I could use some extra ammo.
11 posted on 01/18/2006 12:20:12 AM PST by carumba (The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made. Groucho)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican

Respect my a-thor-a-tai!!!
You bitches jump when I say jump...


12 posted on 01/18/2006 12:20:38 AM PST by baclava
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To: GretchenM

Further, we must assume he was chained to his keyboard, not allowed to log off and limited to only one website.


13 posted on 01/18/2006 12:22:56 AM PST by shibumi (".....panta en pasin....." - Origen)
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To: dr_lew
Greetings dr_lew:

If the courts decide to intervene on the behalf of a participant in a flame war, that's the end.

And this knucklehead feels A-O-hell has some sort of duty to tombstone paying customers?

Nuts!
OLA

14 posted on 01/18/2006 12:23:00 AM PST by OneLoyalAmerican (Even if your mother says she loves you, check it out.)
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To: shibumi

He may as well sue his computer manufacturer and ISP. And the person who taught him how to use the computer. Heck, throw in the operating system manufacturer. And the power company that provides electricity to his home or any other place he signed on for the abuse. Not to mention the company that made the desk on which his PC sits, and the chair maker.

Come to think of it, he should sue God for giving him a life that could be so harshly treated.


15 posted on 01/18/2006 12:26:46 AM PST by GretchenM (God made you. He will also take you out. Better to go on His terms -- through Jesus.)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican
He could have simply changed chat rooms, I'm sure there's a group on AOL that discusses open-toed shoes and frilly lingerie.
16 posted on 01/18/2006 12:28:52 AM PST by Jaysun (The plain truth is that I am not a fair man, and don't want to hear both sides.)
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To: GretchenM

SSSSHHHHHHH!!!!!

(You're giving the liars..er, ah, LAWYERS more ideas!)


17 posted on 01/18/2006 12:29:07 AM PST by shibumi (".....panta en pasin....." - Origen)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican

The original report of this ongoing story stated that these two men (being sued) physically went to the plaintiff's home and photographed it, then they posted the pics online. So why was the jerk giving out his personal info in a chatroom? Furthermore..what's the ISP got to do with it? Why sue AOhell, they don't care who insults who unless someone is gay and gets offended. AOhell is all about gays and no one else. Other than that, this whole story is stupid from the get-go.


18 posted on 01/18/2006 12:31:32 AM PST by goresalooza (Nurses Rock!)
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To: jennyp
Greetings jennyp:

To grease the rails for this idea, Sen. Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, and the section's other sponsors slipped it into an unrelated, must-pass bill to fund the Department of Justice.

Senator Spector, the RINO gift which keeps on giving.

Perhaps Arnie might find this anonymous posting offensive?

Cheers,
OLA

19 posted on 01/18/2006 12:34:57 AM PST by OneLoyalAmerican (Even if your mother says she loves you, check it out.)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican
And this knucklehead feels A-O-hell has some sort of duty to tombstone paying customers?

If he can demonstrate A-O-Hell failed to live up to their obligations under the terms of service agreement, the knucklehead can expect a ruling in his favor.

20 posted on 01/18/2006 12:43:18 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (Democrats are to the US Media what Al-Qaeda is to Aljazeera.)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican

Bring back duelling.


21 posted on 01/18/2006 12:44:08 AM PST by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi!)
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To: Keith in Iowa

If AO Hell doesn't have a clause in their user agreement saying basically they don't promise you, the user, diddly squat, they are sleeping.


22 posted on 01/18/2006 12:45:43 AM PST by The Red Zone
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To: goresalooza
Greetings gorealooza:

It seemed like there was more to the story than the Plain Dull reported.

So on A-O-hell, they post pictures and allege this guy is straight? In Dennis! Kuchinich's District, such an allegation could ruin a "flamer's" reputation.

Oops, looks like I did it again.

Cheers,
OLA

23 posted on 01/18/2006 12:49:38 AM PST by OneLoyalAmerican (Even if your mother says she loves you, check it out.)
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To: GretchenM

He'll need to sue his English teacher as well - after all, if he never learned English, he wouldn't have understood the insults.


24 posted on 01/18/2006 1:08:27 AM PST by thoughtomator
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To: P-Marlowe; xzins; kosta50; jo kus; bornacatholic; blue-duncan; dangus; Buggman; Alex Murphy; ...
I would like to go on the record once and for all and state publicly, for the record, that I think that P-marlowe, Xzins, Blue-Duncan, Dangus, jo kus, kosta50, bornacatholic and Buggman are fine upstanding citizens of this great Republic and I am privileged to share space on FR with them.

Furthermore, by not listing individual screen names, it is not my intent that, nor should it be considered that, I am casting dispersions on any Free Republic members from Arminian, Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Scientology, Baha'i, Buddhist, LDS, JW, United Methodist, Mystics, Wiccans, PCUSA, ECUSA, ECLA, Free Will Baptists, Plymouth Brethren, Church of God (Anderson), Unification Church, Evangelische Kirche, Church of God (Cleveland), Assemblies of God, Muslims, Universalists, Open Theists, Gnostics, Zoroastrians, or Wesleyan traditions, or members of any other faith group with whom I have debated the finer points of Salvific faith since joining this board on December 26 1999.

This post also serves as a public notice that discussions are philosophical in nature, even if held as the absolute truth by the poster, and those who read this agree in advance that they will not take offense to my posts. Posts made by me are not be taken as an affront to anyone's worth as a human being, after all, we are all wretched sinners.

Really.

I'm serious.

25 posted on 01/18/2006 1:12:51 AM PST by Gamecock (..ours is a trivial age, and the church has been deeply affected by this pervasive triviality. JMB)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican
Getting upset over someone calling you a name on the Internet? Geeze...I get upset over late bills and traffic... My "upset" priorities must be out of whack..
26 posted on 01/18/2006 1:21:54 AM PST by Dallas59 (“You love life, while we love death"( Al-Qaeda & Democratic Party)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican

Gillespie = pwned


27 posted on 01/18/2006 1:25:26 AM PST by Reform4Bush
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To: OneLoyalAmerican

Gillespie = pwned


28 posted on 01/18/2006 1:25:27 AM PST by Reform4Bush
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To: thoughtomator

Right you are. And the typing teacher, too. I wonder if he wears specs; if so, throw the optometrist or opthamologist, and the eyewear maker into the suit. If it's contacts, then we're talking serious money over the contacts maker and the cleansing and wetting solutions,
and if he has had lasik ...


29 posted on 01/18/2006 2:09:41 AM PST by GretchenM (God made you. He will also take you out. Better to go on His terms -- through Jesus.)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican

You FReepers and your Viking Kitty haven't heard the last of me!

30 posted on 01/18/2006 2:24:58 AM PST by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: The Red Zone
If AO Hell doesn't have a clause in their user agreement saying basically they don't promise you, the user, diddly squat

I read the rules of my ISP and basically it says that they can do anything they want to, any time they want to and if they want they can change any rules they want without notice to me.

31 posted on 01/18/2006 2:28:19 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican

Hiya OLA!

Oh, I meant that in the earlier posted article re the same story that it was a bit more involved than this current article. I think the reason the guy sued these two was because they drove to his house and took photos. And then they went and posted them on the net. Sort of a harrassment thing, only he gave them his personal details in a chatroom. Why he did that, I have no idea.

AOhell never gets rid of anyone who causes trouble unless troublemaker flames a gay, it seems. They are oh so protective of gay rights over every else's at AOhell. That seems to be the consensus of many of my chat buddies there. Oh, and if you're an Arab terrorist or someone pretending to be one and make threats, why, AOhell thinks you are ok, too.

They just seem to hate us rightwingers, women, heterosexuals, Christians, churchgoers, billpayers, worker bees. Oh, and if we are troops, they REALLY hate us. AOhell is the ultimate libnut ISP and I despise them. AOhell is the ISP of the gay male neoMarxist and they don't want anyone else's business, it seems. Unfortunately, I'm dug in there for a bit longer till I can move elsewhere.


32 posted on 01/18/2006 2:33:26 AM PST by goresalooza (Nurses Rock!)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican

They must have said something pretty defamatory about Gillespie. I'm guessing they called him a liberal!


33 posted on 01/18/2006 2:41:13 AM PST by gitmo (From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.)
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To: GretchenM
Man, after being berated for several minutes: "Isn't this the room for an argument?"

Tormentor: "No, this is Abuse...awfully sorry about that."

34 posted on 01/18/2006 2:41:40 AM PST by Abundy
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To: de Buillion

I learned the lesson presented here way back in middle school:

The rich kid with no comeback threatens with a lawyer.

He needs to plock down $15 for a book of comebacks.


35 posted on 01/18/2006 2:55:30 AM PST by MacDorcha (In Theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican

Maybe the lawyers in the case could just call each other names in court and this goofball and his chatroom pals could stay out of it...


36 posted on 01/18/2006 3:04:03 AM PST by WestVirginiaRebel (The Democratic Party-Jackass symbol, jackass leaders, jackass supporters.)
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To: Gamecock; P-Marlowe; Buggman; blue-duncan; Corin Stormhands; All

Ditto to what Gamecock just said in #25 and to anyone else left out in any way....so this is to ALL, everywhere, anytime, of any stripe.

Serious.

:>) (i.e., with joyous regard)


37 posted on 01/18/2006 5:46:24 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It!)
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To: Gamecock; P-Marlowe; xzins; kosta50; jo kus; bornacatholic; blue-duncan; dangus; Alex Murphy; ...
I notice you didn't add "Messianics" to your list of faith groups. Are you lumping me in with the gnostics?

That's it! I'm gonna sue!

;^)

38 posted on 01/18/2006 8:19:49 AM PST by Buggman (L'chaim b'Yeshua HaMashiach!)
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To: Buggman
You missed or members of any other faith group! That should have me covered! ;-)
39 posted on 01/18/2006 8:27:49 AM PST by Gamecock (..ours is a trivial age, and the church has been deeply affected by this pervasive triviality. JMB)
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To: Gamecock
Oh, so you're just dumping me in the miscellaneous category, then, huh? HUH??

Somebody get my lawyer on the phone!

:^)

40 posted on 01/18/2006 8:30:27 AM PST by Buggman (L'chaim b'Yeshua HaMashiach!)
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To: BookaT
Let me take a stab at where this is headed. This guy will be represented by a LAWYER. The other guys will be represeted by a LAWYER. There will be 1,000's of other cases like this with this new rule about anonomous postings offending people. Each case will require minimum of 2..you guessed it..LAWYERS. This will be a total drag on the court system and will make a lot of money for..one last time...LAWYERS!
So, if I understand your post correctly, you are suggesting that this goofball gets upset and sues, and its entirely the fault of the lawyers? Does the non-lawyer who decided to sue have anything to say about it, or is he a poor helpless victim of a lawyer. I suspect this is the case, the lawyer read about this guy being flamed in one of the chat rooms. The lawyer then decided there was a good lawsuit here, and went to the guy's house, tied him up, made him get upset about the postings, drug him down the courthouse -- and MADE him file a lawsuit! Dang lawyers, forcing all these poor non-lawyers to file these lawsuits!

FWIW, if my understanding of the lawsuit is correct, he is alleging other actions besides a flame war. He is alleging that Marlowe traveled to Ohio from Alabama to file a change-of-address form for Gillespie to disrupt his mail service, took photos of his house for the purpose of publicly distributing them for harrassment purposes, etc. At some point, these internet spats can spill over into the real world.

patent

41 posted on 01/18/2006 8:33:26 AM PST by patent (A baby is God's opinion that life should go on. Carl Sandburg)
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To: Caipirabob

Bring it on troll boy.

42 posted on 01/18/2006 8:36:20 AM PST by bmwcyle (As the left takes to the streets the too many lazy Freeper sleep)
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To: Buggman; Gamecock

We can't help it that messianics show up as "other". Perhaps it's just an identity crisis of sorts. :-)


43 posted on 01/18/2006 8:44:40 AM PST by topcat54
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To: topcat54; Gamecock

Oh, you are both sooooooo sued. (And darnnit, I can't find a screencap of Tom Cruise from the end of the South Park Scientology ep to go with that caption.)


44 posted on 01/18/2006 8:59:59 AM PST by Buggman (L'chaim b'Yeshua HaMashiach!)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican
That's not quite the whole story.

Apparently one of the two men actually found out where this guy lives. Went to his home and took pictures and posted them on the Internet along with a bunch of nasty, harassment type stuff.

Moral: never give out private details on an anonymous chat board.

45 posted on 01/18/2006 9:02:42 AM PST by Philistone (Turning lead into gold...)
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To: Buggman; Gamecock

I was really confused whether I should be complimented by the very kind things Gamecock said, or wonder why Gamecock would think that I might think he hates me. :^D

Thanks, Gamecock

... I think...

(...Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy, and Fr. Gerry, and Sr. Rita,...)


46 posted on 01/18/2006 12:53:42 PM PST by dangus
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