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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.

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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 guessed it..LAWYERS. This will be a total drag on the court system and will make a lot of money 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.


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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